Month: December 2019

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger refuses to admit shock Olympiakos defeat was worst night in Champions League career

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger refused to admit his side’s shock 3-2 Champions League defeat to Olympiakos was the worst night of his career in the competition.The Greek side went ahead three times in an enthralling Emirates encounter, eventually holding on despite Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez’s strikes to leave the Gunners pointless and bottom of Group F after two games.Arsenal now face the daunting prospect of back-to-back matches against runaway group leaders Bayern Munich with a first Champions League group stage exit since 2000 now looming.When asked if it was his worst Champions League night, Wenger snapped: “No, sit on the bench and lose a final [referring to the 2006 final to Barcelona] and I will ask you the question after.”Goalkeeper David Ospina, who surprisingly replaced Petr Cech in the starting lineup, made a calamitous error to gift the Greek’s their second goal, but Wenger vehemently defended his decision to start the Colombian.He added: “Ospina played 19 games last year and kept 14 clean sheets, last week at Tottenham he had a fantastic game. No keeper is mistake free – it could have happened to Petr Cech as well, that’s part of it.“”I don’t give you why [a reason why he dropped Cech]. I do not have to sit here and give you any explanation about every decision I make. You are capable to judge what I do and I leave you to that.“He [Cech] had a slight alert before the game at Leicester [at the weekend], I didn’t want to take a gamble, but it’s not because of that that we lost the game. It’s a farce.”last_img read more

West Ham transfer target could be sold for right price, confirm Galatasaray

first_img Burak Yilmaz 1 West Ham have been given hope in their pursuit of Galatasaray’s Burak Yilmaz after the Turkish club’s sporting director revealed that they are open to offers for the striker.Hammers manager Slaven Bilic is a big fan of the prolific 30-year-old and saw him at close quarters during his time managing Besiktas.West Ham have so far failed in their efforts to land Yilmaz, who has scored 61 goals in just 99 league games for Gala, and – as talkSPORT told you in August – his club have insisted the forward is not for sale.However, their stance seems to be changing, amid renewed interest from West Ham and also Lazio, with sporting director Cenk Ergun revealing they could be willing to discuss a sale.Ergun told Sky Sports Italia: “Yilmaz is a great striker, we received a lot of offers for him.“We even got one from Lazio. If a new proposal arrives we can sit down and talk about it.“Everything depends on Burak Yilmaz wishes.”last_img read more

Six exciting players set for loan moves this January

first_img 3. Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) – Alex Iwobi rose to fame after his excellent displays in Arsenal’s pre-season tournaments and has made some equally impressive cameos across the Gunners’ competitions this year so far. The winger is still very raw, so some first-team experience in the Championship would help maximise his potential. 6 6 6 6. Patrick Roberts (Manchester City) – Once dubbed the ‘English Messi’, Patrick Roberts has fallen victim to Manchester City’s strong foreign contingent and barely featured at all since his £11m summer move from Fulham. His potential is undeniable – some of the goals he’s plundered at junior level are particularly eye catching – but a loan move to a Championship club would definitely seem sensible. The January transfer window is officially open for business and could provide an opportunity for several high profile players to seek first-team football.A host of names in the Premier League have found regular action hard to come by in the first half of the season and may look to move down a league in order to counter that.History suggests a temporary spell away from a club can reap rewards, with Bolton twice the beneficiaries when Daniel Sturridge and Jack Wilshere arrived in previous January’s gone by.So who else should follow suit?talkSPORT takes a look – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see who made our selection… 6 6 4. Patrick Bamford (Chelsea) – He described his time at Crystal Palace as ‘terrible’, but Patrick Bamford would still be a shrewd signing for a host of Premier League and Championship clubs. He won the Championship Player of the Year last season after nearly propelling Middlesbrough to promotion, and a similar move seems increasingly likely. It is unlikely Bamford will usurp any of Diego Costa, Loic Remy or Radamel Falcao at Chelsea even despite their struggles so far this campaign. 1. Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) – check out five more players who could and maybe should go on loan – This was meant to be the season Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s career took off but, due to a combination of apparent poor application and a lack of confidence from Jose Mourinho, appearances have been a rarity. Chelsea fans can’t fathom why he has barely featured but sitting on the bench isn’t good for his development, so a spell away from Stamford Bridge would benefit all parties. 2. Joao Teixeira (Liverpool) – Similarly to Loftus-Cheek, Joao Teixeira will have earmarked the 2015/16 season as his breakthrough year after a successful spell with Brighton last term. His appearances, however, have been fleeting, although he did impress against Bournemouth in the earlier rounds. His time with the Seagulls shows why a similar move would be smart business. 5. Alex Pritchard (Tottenham) – In almost exactly the same circumstances as Bamford, Alex Pritchard was one of the stars of last year’s Championship after helping Brentford to a surprise play-off place. Many felt Pritchard would play a prominent part in Mauricio Pochettino’s plans this season but injuries and the emergence of Dele Alli have curtailed his impact severely. He’s good enough to assist any of the teams fighting relegation in the Premier League, and you could certainly see him at a Norwich or Bournemouth. 6last_img read more

Liverpool fans have the right to make a statement, says Pepijn Ljinders

first_img1 Liverpool fans were well within their rights to stage a ticket price walkout and it did not cause the team to throw away a 2-0 lead against Sunderland, according to first-team coach Pepijn Ljinders.Second-half goals from Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana appeared to have put the home side in control but, after thousands of supporters’ left their seats in the 77th minute in protest over the rising cost of attending matches, Sunderland struck back with goals from Adam Johnson and Jermain Defoe.“We have one of the best supporters groups in the world so if they want to make a statement, they have the right to,” said Ljinders, standing in on post-match media duties after manager Jurgen Klopp missed the match after being taken to hospital earlier in the day to have an appendix operation.“It changed the atmosphere in the stadium, but not our mentality.“We have a group who are young with loads of quality and potential.“It is up to us to create a style that gets further and further and, over time, you realise winning is a logical result of development.“For 82 minutes we played really well. We were good to be honest. We dominated the game, could always find a free player and create spaces between the lines, but in the last 10 minutes we started walking back.“It is always a collective problem, we drop off too much. The players did excellent, but they know the circumstances.“We felt we were in control, then one moment changes everything, but there were still eight or 10 minutes where you have to be calm.” Liverpool fans have the right to make a statement but late goals were not down to walkout, says Pepijn Ljinders last_img read more

Who could replace the injured Verratti? Predicted PSG line up v Chelsea

first_imgParis Saint-Germain are looking to book a place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League at Stamford Bridge tonight.The Ligue 1 giants travel to south west London with a 2-1 lead from the first-leg at the Parc des Princes, where they will have to fend off a Chelsea side eager to avenge their dramatic exit at this stage last season.Despite the victory, PSG will have been left frustrated at having conceded on home soil, with away goals all so crucial in the European competition.Progression, nonetheless, remains in their hands.So, who could Laurent Blanc call upon? Will Edinson Cavani get the nod after scoring the winner in the reverse leg? Who might replace the struggling Marco Verratti?Take a look at talkSPORT’s predicted PSG XI v Chelsea by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 11 11. Angel Di Maria (right wing) 2. Thiago Silva (centre back) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 11 7. Lucas Moura (right wing) 11 8. Thiago Motta (centre midfield) 11 5. Marquinhos (right back) 14. Blaise Matuidi (centre midfield) 11 11 11 11 11 10. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (striker) 17. Maxwell (left back) 32. David Luiz (centre back) 16. Kevin Trapp (goalkeeper) 11 27. Javier Pastore (attacking midfield) last_img read more

LAKERS NOTEBOOK Mihm hopes to keep pain on ice

first_imgBy Elliott Teaford STAFF WRITER Chris Mihm wakes up on some mornings and feels no pain. On other days, he awakes to a painful reminder of the two surgeries on his right ankle. On those days, he knows he will spend more time dunking his foot in a bucket of ice than dunking a basketball through a hoop. Mihm started against the Bobcats after scoring 11 points in a reserve role against the Seattle SuperSonics on Thursday in Bakersfield. He had six points and five rebounds in 11 minutes in Saturday’s game. Lakers beat Bobcats The Lakers’ victory over Charlotte was overshadowed by a left knee injury suffered by Bobcats forward Adam Morrison midway through the third quarter. Morrison was running out at the Lakers’ Luke Walton, who had the ball on the left wing and began to drive to the basket. Morrison suddenly collapsed in a heap, screaming in pain and clutching his knee. He had to be helped to the locker room. A Bobcats spokesman said Morrison suffered a sprain. An MRI exam was scheduled for today. Vladimir Radmanovic scored 14 points and Derek Fisher and Maurice Evans added 13 apiece to lead the Lakers, who improved to 2-2 in exhibition play. Kobe Bryant had six points and four assists in 21 minutes and did not play in the fourth quarter. Luke Walton had 10 assists. The Lakers face the Clippers tonight at 7:30 at Staples Center. News from Dallas Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told a reporter on Friday that he wouldn’t trade Dirk Nowitzki to get Kobe Bryant. Cuban also said he hasn’t spoken to Lakers owner Jerry Buss, adding, “So until that happens, nothing can happen.” “If and when I talk to Jerry, I’ll make it clear that we’re not going to trade Dirk,” Cuban told the Dallas Morning News. “And we’re not going to dismantle our team. Kobe’s one of the top players in the league. But without the right team around him, he’s in the same position he was in, in Los Angeles. “So you don’t want to just shuffle the deck chairs. Either you’re making an improvement to your team or you don’t do it. And with a team that won 67 games last year, it’s tough to improve significantly.” The Mavericks and Chicago Bulls reportedly are Bryant’s top two destinations should the Lakers pull the trigger on a deal. Bryant asked to be dealt in May and Buss said more than a week ago that he would listen to offers for the superstar guard. Bryant has four seasons and a little more than $88 million remaining on his contract, but he can terminate the deal after two seasons. elliott.teaford@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“It’s something I’ve got to adjust to,” Mihm said before the Lakers defeated the Charlotte Bobcats, 113-93, in an exhibition game Saturday night at Staples Center. “It’s something I’ve never had to deal with in the past.” Getting loose and staying loose is perhaps the most difficult challenge for Mihm at this point in the preseason. His timing, or lack thereof, after sitting out all of the 2006-07 season was his chief concern going into training camp. That’s no longer the case for Mihm, a 7-foot center who underwent ankle surgeries July 26, 2006 and Nov. 14, 2006. “I’ve had a good camp,” he said. “The foot has reacted well to everything I’ve put it through. I fully expected to have some ups and downs, but so far so good. I’m starting to get my timing back. I’m starting to get the flow again. “The game is slowing down after the first couple of games I played and everything seemed to move pretty quickly. Only through the game-time situations can you get that feel for how fast the game moves.” last_img read more

Politicians trade barbs as fires burn

first_imgThe vitriol was the latest in a series of searing partisan bickering over global warming, federal funding and patriotism that have erupted since the fires broke out last weekend. As crews battled more than a dozen blazes from Ventura County to Mexico, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid and other Democrats linked the fires to global warming. Meanwhile, Sen. Barbara Boxer and presidential hopeful Chris Dodd, D-Conn., accused Iraq of sucking away National Guard resources that might have gone to firefighting. The California National Guard’s equipment is down 50 percent, Boxer noted at a hearing, “because they’re all in Iraq.” Both accusations infuriated Republicans. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-San Diego, called the National Guard contention “nuts” and noted in a television interview that only about 10 percent of the Guard is in Iraq or Afghanistan. And Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-Solana Beach, said the global warming and Iraq war concerns are coming from “the `blame America first’ crowd in Washington.” The fires, Bilbray said, “are caused by winds that have been around for thousands of years.” Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands, issued a statement excoriating Democrats for holding the vote on SCHIP. “The Democratic leadership is once again showing that they only care about scoring political points,” he said. Waxman, whose district includes Malibu, where an estimated 4,400 acres were scorched, said California Republicans could have flown home after Thursday’s vote or earlier in the week. “The day they chose to go out was calculated,” Waxman said. “The fires have been going on for a week, and I think they just chose today to go out there because they wanted to complain.” Pelosi, meanwhile, suggested that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger – who supports expanding the health insurance bill – urged her to go forward with the vote. In a phone call to discuss the fires this week, Pelosi said, Schwarzenegger inquired, “How are we doing on SCHIP?” lisa.friedman@langnews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.With seven GOP lawmakers in Southern California touring fire damage and helping evacuated constituents, Republicans asked Democrats to delay until next week votes on a revised but still-controversial bill expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. Democrats refused. The Californians’ absence would not affect the final outcome, they contended, while also noting that the House conducted critical votes in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina even though Louisiana and Mississippi lawmakers rushed to their home states. “We all understand how important it is for members to be home with their constituents. But that doesn’t mean that we don’t continue with the work of government,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The rebuff outraged Republicans. Many attacked the vote as a scheme to take advantage of GOP absences. Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas accused Democrats of acting like “vultures circling above the burned-out homes of California families.” Republicans maneuvered three times to shut the House for the afternoon. Each attempt failed. Extension of the children’s health insurance bill ultimately passed, 265-142. CONGRESS: GOP says rivals took advantage of California Republican lawmakers’ trip to state. By Lisa Friedman STAFF WRITER WASHINGTON – The blazes in California this week sparked a political firestorm in Washington on Thursday as House Republicans tried to block a vote expanding children’s health insurance. last_img

Liverpool pole position in Gotze chase, Lukaku latest and fight for Barca keeper

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Jurgen Klopp is closing in on a double signing from his native Germany, with the Reds in pole position to sign Bayern Munich star Mario Gotze and Cologne defender Jonas Hector. (Daily Mirror)Chelsea and Manchester United will have to pay more than £50million to sign Romelu Lukaku this summer – and Everton will fight to keep him even if they receive offers of that size. (Daily Mirror)Manchester City and Liverpool are ready to DOUBLE the wages of barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to lure him to the Premier League. The 23-year-old is reportedly unhappy being used as a Cup player by the La Liga giants. (The Sun)Marcos Rojo will quit Manchester United when his contract ends in 2019. The 26-year-old defender will return to his native Argentina to sign for Estudiantes. (Manchester Evening News)Chelsea have identified AC Milan’s 17-year-old goalkeeper, Gianluigi Donnarumma, as a top target if they decide to sell Thibaut Courtois this summer. (Daily Mail)Tottenham are interested in signing Bournemouth winger Matt Richie this summer. (The Sun)Arsene Wenger will NOT quit as Arsenal boss in the summer. The Frenchman is determined to stay in his position despite another disappointing trophy-less campaign. (beIN Sports)Barcelona are considering renaming the Nou Camp stadium in honour of former manager and player Johan Cruyff. The world famous ground is set to be renamed the Johan Cruyff Stadium following the Dutchman’s death last week. (Daily Mail)Swansea City want Brendan Rodgers back at the Liberty Stadium. The Swans held talks with the 43-year-old over the possibility of replacing Garry Monk in December. (Wales Online)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?‘We’d love to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic!’ – West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan tells talkSPORT of audacious transfer plans Go get Zlatan! Arsenal great urges Wenger to make move for ‘priceless’ IbrahimovicManchester United ready to join transfer fight for Portgual star Rafa SilvaArsenal ready to break transfer record to sign £65m-rated Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Transfer rumours and paper review 1last_img read more

Roberto Mancini to offer Yaya Toure route out of Manchester City this summer

first_imgInter Milan are determined to prise Yaya Toure away from Manchester City this summer, according to reports in Italy.The Ivorian has been linked with a move away from the Etihad at the end of the season as new manager Pep Guardiola looks to mould his squad.The midfielder already has lucrative offers from China and the Middle East, while MLS teams are also interested.However, according to Corriere dello Sport, Inter are hoping to persuade Toure to join them in the summer.The Italian club are ready to offer the 32-year-old a two-year contract, with the option of a further year if both parties wish to extend his stay.Inter boss Roberto Mancini worked with Toure during his time at Manchester City and is keen to link up with him again. Yaya Toure in action for Manchester City 1last_img read more

WATCH: Two-goal Gareth Bale rescues Real Madrid against Rayo Vallecano

first_img1 Gareth Bale in action for Real Madrid Gareth Bale produced an inspired display for Real Madrid on Saturday to help keep them in the Spanish title race.The Welshman scored twice as Real fought back from two goals down to beat Rayo Vallecano 3-2 in a thrilling encounter.Bale now has 18 goals in 21 La Liga matches this season and his latest heroics have left his side just a point behind La Liga leaders Barcelona.Check out his two strikes against Vallecano below…last_img