About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea striker Morata lacks confidence – Zolaby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea assistant Gianfranco Zola believes Alvaro Morata is lacking confidence.The Spaniard has scored just five goals this season and has been linked with an exit this month.But Zola has assured fans that the goals “will come” from Morata.”Mainly it’s confidence. I’ve been a striker myself and when you get into these loops where you’re looking for the goal all the time and it doesn’t come, you lose confidence. “The less confidence you get the less you’re going to score. It’s one of those things that happens frequently with all players.”Alvaro has to understand for us it’s important when he scores, but also when he comes and plays and does all the things important for the club. The goal has to be only a consequence of what you do for the team. The way we play always helps the front players to score. But, you have to keep working for the team to participate to the process. The goal will come.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Ljungberg primed to takeover at Arsenal if Emery departsby Ansser Sadiq9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal legend Freddie Ljungberg could be the man to take on the managerial job at the club next season.The Gunners are not thinking about sacking coach Unai Emery imminently.But the Spaniard is on thin ice, as fans are unhappy with the team’s performances so far this season.If Arsenal do not finish in the top four or win the Europa League, Emery would likely depart.And notoriously reliable journalist David Ornstein, who works for The Athletic, claims the club see Ljungberg as the natural successor to Emery.He said: “Freddie is highly-rated by the players and staff, and the logical feeling is he would take temporary charge if anything happened with Emery.”He has ‘number one’ ambitions of his own and won’t hang around somewhere for too long if he doesn’t think the opportunity will come.”
LeBron James Ohio StateCleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James is a known Ohio State fan. Apparently, he also roots for Buckeyes alums at the next level, too.After former Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde, now a San Francisco 49er, lit up the Minnesota Vikings for 168 yards and two touchdowns, James reached out via FaceTime to congratulate him. Via 49ers.com:In a recent sit-down interview, the San Francisco 49ers running back said that besides hearing from his mom, his favorite postgame call or text came from a certain NBA superstar.“I heard from LeBron James. Me and LeBron have the same trainer, David Alexander, down in Miami,” Hyde said. “After the game I FaceTime’d LeBron and my trainer. They were super hyped.”Here’s the move Hyde pulled that set social media on fire. It was very similar to what OSU wideout Braxton Miller did week one against Virginia Tech.pic.twitter.com/ixWnSqMZRe— BRAXTON MILLER (@BraxtonMiller5) September 15, 2015It’s been quite a week for the former Buckeye. What will he do for an encore?
SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 17: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish mascot carries the school flag on the field before the game against the Michigan State Spartans on September 17, 2005 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)Last week, Notre Dame unveiled its ‘Shamrock Series’ uniforms for this year’s game against Navy – and suffice to say, most fans weren’t impressed. One graphic designer came up with a different take on the event, and we imagine Fighting Irish supporters will like it a bit better.Next Gen Uniforms released a concept uniform that focuses on green and gold. It includes Notre Dame’s interlocking logo on the helmet and stripes on the shoulders. It’s a clean look. Notre Dame fans – what do you think?
Lionel Messi became the first player to score 400 LaLiga goals on Sunday as Barcelona cruised to a 3-0 victory over Eibar at Camp Nou.After an unusually quiet first 45 minutes, Messi burst into life after the restart and claimed his milestone goal – his 13th in eight appearances against Eibar.Luis Suarez had given Barca the lead with their only shot on target in the first half, and he doubled his tally six minutes after Messi’s moment in the spotlight with a composed finish from a tight angle. 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? That was enough to seal a sixth win in a row for Barca in the league, and a ninth successive over Eibar since their promotion to the top flight.His goat-ness. pic.twitter.com/n671ZPBphs— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 13, 2019Messi took up more of a playmaker role in the opening exchanges and created half-chances that Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba were unable to convert.Suarez showed them how it should be done in the 19th minute after a slick interchange with Philippe Coutinho opened up the Eibar defence, the Uruguay international finding the bottom corner with unerring accuracy.Despite falling behind, Eibar continued to push forward and Sergi Enrich should have done better from Ruben Pena’s cross, however the striker headed wide of Marc Andre ter Stegen’s goal.Coutinho felt he should have had a penalty minutes before the break but his claims were waved away despite Pena’s clumsy tackle inside the area.After the lacklustre opening salvo, Barca had much more urgency to their game after the break and eight minutes into the second period Messi got his landmark goal.Having received the ball from Suarez, the five-time Ballon D’Or winner made himself some space before firing low under Asier Riesgo.Suarez then notched his 14th league goal of the campaign to extend Barcelona’s advantage, before Ter Stegen needed to be alert to keep out Pablo De Blasis’ close-range header.Ernesto Valverde introduced reported Manchester City target Ousmane Dembele with 18 minutes to play, but despite looking lively he was unable to stretch Barca’s lead on what ultimately turned out to be a comfortable victory despite the league leaders being far from their fluent best.What does it mean? Lead restored for BarcaAfter seeing their advantage cut to two points by Atletico Madrid earlier on Sunday, Barca restored their five-point cushion with ease on Messi’s historic night. For Eibar the defeat means they have failed to win their last six LaLiga clashes, and sit just three points above the relegation zone.Suarez the scourge of Eibar once againWhile Messi will grab the headlines, Suarez deserves a lot of credit after a sublime double to continue his fine scoring run against Eibar. The Uruguay international has now scored in his last six matches against Sunday’s opponents, his two goals both superbly taken.#BarçaEibar FACT: @LuisSuarez9 has now scored in six straight matches against Eibar, for a total of eight goals — so far! Pistolero. pic.twitter.com/stF7JPADs3— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 13, 2019Coutinho fails to take his chanceDespite his assist for Suarez’s opening goal, it was a frustrating performance from Coutinho on his first league start since early December. Playing as part of Barca’s front three needs quality at all times, and all too often his contribution stalled promising attacks. He was unlucky not to be awarded a first-half penalty, but some will argue he should have scored before being brought down.Key Opta Facts- Only Manchester City (56) have scored more goals than Barcelona in the top five European leagues this season (53, level with PSG).- Messi is the second player to reach 400+ goals in the history of the Europe’s top five leagues (400 goals), after Cristiano Ronaldo (409), reaching this milestone with 63 league games fewer.- Barcelona strikers Messi (17) and Suarez (14) have scored 31 LaLiga goals this season – no team has scored more than Barcelona duo (Sevilla and Celta Vigo have 31 goals).- Eibar boss Jose Luis Mendilibar has lost each of his nine visits to the Camp Nou in LaLiga, conceding a total of 41 goals in the process (4.5 per game).- Barcelona have scored in each of their last 34 LaLiga games, their best scoring run in the competition since October 2013 (64).What’s next?Barca will look to overturn a 2-1 deficit against Levante in the Copa del Rey on Thursday before returning to league action against Leganes three days later. Eibar host Espanyol on January 21. read more
Kevin De Bruyne has admitted Liverpool will be worthy champions if they manage to finish ahead of his Manchester City in the Premier League title race.City are four points behind the Reds with 15 games to play – a huge turnaround from the five-point lead they held in early December.And Pep Guardiola’s side are on track to get the most points in a league season but not the win the title – a record set at 89 by Manchester United in the 2011-12 campaign when City won the title on goal difference. 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? With Liverpool having only lost one league game in the season to date – a 2-1 defeat to City earlier this month – De Bruyne revealed the Reds would deserve the trophy if they finished above a 90-point haul from his team.”You would just have to take it as it is and say, ‘We had a good season, but someone was better’ and congratulate them,” the Belgian midfielder told reporters.”We try to do the best as possible, but in the end if Liverpool get more points it is because they deserve it.”Obviously you always want to win it, but if you get a season where you’re runners-up with 90 points, there’s not a lot you can say afterwards.”There’s always luck involved. If you want to win something, you need luck, you need good form, everybody needs to be on it. It’s a consequence of everything.”Both teams had their fair share of luck during the last matchday with Liverpool being gifted a goal in their 4-3 win over Crystal Palace, while Manchester City’s second goal had an element of offside in the 3-0 victory against Huddersfield Town.De Bruyne, who has only started two Premier League games this season because of injury, was aware City would need Liverpool’s luck to run out, having already played the Reds home and away this season, and said the Citizens would just focus on winning their matches.“We need to do what we can do, try to win as many games as possible. Then we will see what happens,” he said.”There are two teams – and even Tottenham [in third with 51] – who have so many points at this point of the season.”It’s quite remarkable because in a lot of seasons you would already be 10 or 12 points ahead, but this season is tight. I like it, I like it to be competitive.”City face Burton Albion in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg and Burnley in the FA Cup on Saturday before a Premier League match away to Newcastle on January 29.The Reds will be more rested, with the next contest not coming until a January 30 home league match against Leicester City. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – NOVEMBER 23: The Miami Hurricanes take the field during a game against the Virginia Cavaliers at Sun Life Stadium on November 23, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Miami vs. Florida State will be played as scheduled despite issues from Hurricane Matthew, according to Miami athletic director Blake James.James took to Twitter this afternoon to confirm that Saturday’s huge rivalry game between the Hurricanes and Seminoles is on as scheduled.The game is on as scheduled tomorrow night. Appreciate the support of ACC, FSU, Dolphins & Miami Dade to make it happen. Details coming.— Blake James (@CanesAllAccess) October 7, 2016This game is a huge one for Miami fans, as their ‘Canes attempt to snap a six-game losing streak against their hated rivals. Miami last beat FSU in 2009 38-34. Since, the ‘Noles have owned the series by an average score of 33.5-20.Undefeated Miami actually enters the game as a four-point favorite in this one. Florida State has lost twice already this season: the huge blow-out loss to Louisville a few weeks ago, and last weekend’s dramatic last second loss to the North Carolina Tar Heels.The game is set to kick off at 8:00 p.m. E.T. from Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday. For our full preview and score prediction for Miami vs. Florida State, click here.
Paris Saint-Germain could sign Nicolas Pepe, according to the player’s agent.Pepe hit 22 Ligue 1 goals last season and is admired by PSG head coach Thomas Tuchel, who in April described the forward as possessing “a lot of quality with his speed and strength”.But the French champions are likely to face strong competition for the Ivory Coast international. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Pepe has also been linked with Liverpool, Lille president Gerard Lopez claiming talks have been held with the Champions League winners.And Pepe’s agent Samir Khiat says the player – valued at around €65 million (£58m/$73m) – is still considering his options.”Nicolas is open to everything,” Khiat said to L’Equipe Mercato. “The goal is to have him signed in the right place.”PSG is a possibility. Tell you on July 12 that he will sign in Paris – I cannot. That would be lying to you.”Today, all parties must be there. Whether it is Lille, the buying club and us. There are exchanges and discussions.”He is wanted by many clubs. For him, the most important thing is to be desired and to go to the right club, the one in which he will play and continue his progression.”
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)One of the top wide receivers in the 2019 recruiting class has made a major announcement regarding his recruitment. He’s trimmed his list.Jameson Williams, a four-star wideout from Missouri, announced on Twitter this afternoon that he’s down to five schools. A commitment is coming next.The five schools he’s down to are:NebraskaOregonUCLAOhio StateAlabamaThat’s a loaded list.glee! top5… commitment next pic.twitter.com/NKMOWLqc3y— juiceman (@juicedupjameson) June 14, 2018Ohio State is currently believed to be the favorite to land Williams. The Buckeyes have 100 percent of the predictions on 247Sports’ “Crystal Ball.”Williams is a 6-foot-2 wide receiver, ranked the No. 26 player at his position by 247Sports.Stay tuned for a commitment.
ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 02: Jeff Thomas #4 of the Miami Hurricanes tries to pull down a pass against Terrence Alexander #11 of the LSU Tigers and Jonathan Baker #25 of the LSU Tigers in the second quarter of The AdvoCare Classic at AT&T Stadium on September 2, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)The 2018 college football season for Mark Richt and the Miami Hurricanes can be summed up in one word: rocky. Richt and company finished the season with a 7-5 record and a near mutiny as the team lost several top recruits and a few players that were already on the roster.One such player that left the program – though not of his own accord – was star wide receiver Jeff Thomas. The former four-star wide receiver recruit was dismissed from the program as he was leading the team in receiving.After his dismissal from the program in late November, Thomas became one of the hottest names on the transfer market.It didn’t take long for him to find his new home. On Friday night, Thomas announced he’s furthering his collegiate career at Illinois.I would like to thank The University of Miami, my teammates, coaches for their amazing support the past 2 years. With that being said, I would like to thank Coach Lovie smith for this opportunity to further my education and football career at the University of Illinois. pic.twitter.com/mnJHUMiQ8b— Jeff Thomas (@theregoes4) December 22, 2018It’s a huge addition to the program for head coach Lovie Smith.Thomas was the No. 5 wide receiver recruit in the 2017 class.