About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City winger Mahrez: I’m going to get betterby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City winger Riyad Mahrez says there’s more to come from him after an impressive start to his Etihad career.The Algerian winger joined the champions from Leicester in a £60m transfer last summer and has had to adapt to the demands of Pep Guardiola’s system.”When you arrive the first six months it’s always difficult to adapt to everything,” said Mahrez.”I’m very good. I’m still new to the team. I think more months are going to pass and I’m going to be better.”The 27-year-old has scored five of City’s 50 league goals and also found the net in the Champions League as Pep Guardiola’s side comfortably advanced to the knockout stages.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal determined to beat Tottenham to signing of Norwich fullback Max Aaronsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are determined to beat Tottenham to the signing of Norwich City fullback Max Aarons.The £15million-rated youngster has impressed in the Canaries’ fine start to the Championship season, and the two north London giants are among clubs at home and abroad who are keen to take him, says the Mirror.Spurs are in the boxseat, though Norwich have made it clear they won’t entertain any deal next month unless it includes the 18-year-old — who turns 19 next week — being loaned back to them for the rest of the season.And Arsenal are now throwing their hat in the ring with a determination to win Aarons’ signature.
Hull City whiz Jarrod Bowen cools Spurs, Everton talkby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHull City whiz Jarrod Bowen insists he’s not pushing to leave this month.Bowen has been linked with Everton and Tottenham.The Hull star, who has bagged 13 goals this season, was named Championship Player of the Month for December.“There is always going to be interest in every single player when you play well, but I’ve got agents that represent me that take care of that and they didn’t say anything to me,” Bowen said on Sky Sports.“It is nice to see your name linked to some teams, but I am a Hull City player and as far as I’m aware it is just rumours.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Tottenham chairman Levy fought off Chelsea attempts for Pochettinoby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham chairman Daniel Levy fought off attempts by Chelsea to prise Mauricio Pochettino away, it has been revealed.The Sun says Levy previously rejected an unofficial approach from Chelsea for Pochettino.Pochettino has impressed as Spurs boss over the past five years, though Tottenham have struggled at the start of this season.They have won just two of their opening six Premier League matches and were dumped out of the Carabao Cup by League Two Colchester.It’s led to questions over Pochettino’s future after the Argentine regularly voiced his disapproval over the club’s transfer policy in the summer.But Spurs chairman Levy is clearly keen to keep Pochettino.He turned down an official approach from Real Madrid and an unofficial move by Chelsea for his manager. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Liverpool boss Klopp: I would think about Germany jobby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits he would think about the Germany job if approached.Klopp has been mooted as a top target for the German FA to replace Joachim Low, when the World Cup winner’s contract ends in 2022. Klopp’s deal at Anfield also expires that summer, and the Liverpool boss has yet to ink an extension – despite Kop chiefs being keen.Asked about the possibility, he told Magenta TV: “I really can not say. I do not know if I would like to.”Now, as of today, I do not feel like it. Stand up now, I’m totally happy with what I do and that’s important in the whole story.”I also could not say one hundred percent if I was the right one [to replace Low].”If the question ever arises, I would think about it – but not now.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Reece James’ father reveals Chelsea whizkid has played every positionby Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReece James’ father has revealed the Chelsea starlet has played in every position during his young career.The 19-year-old is primarily considered a right-back and has shone in that role in his career so far, especially on loan at Wigan last season.”Reece would never play in the position that he played at Chelsea,” his father said to Alex Goldberg. “If Reece was a central midfielder, he’d play centre-back for me. When he was young and playing at centre-forward, he’d play left-back for me, he’d play right-back for me.”Reece has actually played every single position on the pitch.”I never used to believe in putting numbers on the back of shirts. If you give someone the number 9, he automatically thinks ‘I’m a centre-forward’, but if you just put them out there and say ‘you’re going to play here, you’re going to play there and the next ten minutes you’re going to play there and you’re going to play there’, they all know ‘I might have to play in defence’ but there’s no numbers to confuse them.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Instagram/clemsonfbHow do college football coaches simulate the pressure and environment of a big time game for their kickers during practice? Surround them with the entire team, and have them scream incessantly. Redshirt freshman Greg Huegel is currently starting at placekicker for the Clemson Tigers, a job he hopes to hold on to when incumbent starter Ammon Lakip returns from his suspension, and he drilled a long kick while being distracted by his fellow Tigers.We’ll see if he can do the same when tens of thousands of people are on top of him at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium or Williams-Brice this year, but for now, good start.
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 04: Eric Berry #29 of the Kansas City Chiefs returns an interception on a failed two-point converstion for two points against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on December 4, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Tennessee great Eric Berry has made a triumphant return to the NFL this season after a battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cost him the end of his 2014 campaign. Berry returned to the game with the Kansas City Chiefs this year, and has been honored by his alma mater at Neyland Stadium. Today, in a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he recorded his first interception after his return.Eric Berry gets his first #interception since beating cancer. #BerryStrong #PITvsKC https://t.co/vr3WhsWU7Y— Def Pen Sports (@DefPenSports) October 25, 2015 Tennessee congratulated the Vols great on the big play. It is great to see Berry back out there.
KNOXVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 15: Florida Gators football helmets on the field before the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images)Your kicker woes may be over pretty soon, Florida fans. This season, the Gators kickers really struggled, converting on 36-of-41 extra points and just 7-of-17 field goals. In steps junior college star Eddy Pineiro, who promises to take care of that important spot. During his first day on campus in Gainesville, Pineiro messed around and drilled a 62-yarder.62 yarder in my new home pic.twitter.com/CQ6nDQ6k3P— Odell Kickem Pineiro (@eddypineiro1) January 6, 2016Based on Twitter, Pineiro is having a pretty good first day overall.Finally moved in— Odell Kickem Pineiro (@eddypineiro1) January 3, 2016All the hard work paying finally got my locker pic.twitter.com/9iNQTSJ1Xs— Odell Kickem Pineiro (@eddypineiro1) January 5, 2016People sleep on the impact having a great kicker has, but expect this to be a very big deal for the Gators next season.
Jose Mourinho believes he is treated differently to Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola, suggesting that, while his actions on the touchline may bring sanctions, the others are praised for showing passion. The former Manchester United boss, who was relieved of his duties at Old Trafford in December, has a chequered history when it comes to behaviour on the sidelines, infamously clashing with opposition coaches on a number of occasions during the course of his career.However, he is adamant that his counterparts at Liverpool and Manchester City are perceived differently when they indulge in the same touchline antics. 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? “Some people confuse passion with emotional control. I’ll give you an example that you know that I’m right. Similar situations, with me and other managers, different consequences,” Mourinho told beIN Sports .”When Mourinho behaves bad on the touchline, when Mourinho kicks a bottle, when Mourinho does this, when Mourinho does that, he’s out, he’s suspended, he’s paying for this. “When Jurgen [Klopp] does he’s special. When Pep [Guardiola] does, he’s special. When Mourinho does, he’s out.” The Portuguese considers himself an outsider in the football world, claiming that he is not part of the ‘ football tribe’ because of his lack of a playing career. He has taken up work as a pundit since his dismissal from the United job and, while he says he has turned down a number of offers to return to coaching , he insists he’s had to make a name for himself the hard way.“Honestly I think that for some reason, I don’t belong to what I used to call ‘the tribe,’” said Mourinho. “I don’t belong to the football tribe. “I love football, football is my life. I’ve been in football since I can remember, but I don’t belong to the tribe. I don’t lose time in the tribe. I don’t lose time in creating an image, in creating a position of privilege. “I don’t belong to the tribe. I have the situation that I have, the prestige that I have, only because of my work and because of my results. Nobody gave me nothing.” Mourinho also believes that, because of him, it’s much easier for a manager to make his way to the top without having been a top player. “Nowadays, it’s much easier than when I started,” he said. “When I started, no football top manager without a big career as a player. “I broke every wall. I was the first, or one of the first, that from zero I became what I became, alone. Nobody gave me anything.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.