About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Emery admits top-four finish ‘difficult’ for Arsenalby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveUnai Emery admits consistency is jeopardising Arsenal’s top-four chances. The Gunners’ loss to West Ham United on Sunday saw them drop three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.And Emery thinks it will be difficult for his team to qualify for the Champions League if they continue to drop points.”Now it’s more difficult, it’s clear,” he told reporters. “I think the most important thing for us is to recover our confidence and be more competitive. We need consistency over 38 matches.”Now it isn’t enough at the moment. It’s a bad result. If we can win we are playing against Chelsea [on Saturday] with a three-point maximum distance.”The big opportunity for us is that we can take in our hands the possibility to be closer to them. This result makes that more difficult.”
Manchester United will begin their life post-Jose Mourinho when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer returns to Cardiff City on Saturday in the Premier League.The Red Devils legend took charge as interim manager following the Portuguese boss’s dismissal from his managerial post at Old Trafford, and Solskjaer’s first game in charge will be against the side that he briefly managed during an ill-fated spell in 2014.The visitors travel to Wales sixth in the table, 11 points off of a top-four spot and having registered just one win in their last five matches, while the Bluebirds sit in 16th in the table. 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? Game Cardiff City vs Manchester United Date Saturday, December 22 Time 5:30pm GMT / 12:30pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBC fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on BT Sport 1 and live-streamed on BT Sport Live. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 1 BT Sport Live Squads & Team News Position Cardiff City players Goalkeepers Etheridge, Smithies, Murphy Defenders Peltier, Bennett, Morrison, Manga, Connolly, Cunningham, Bamba Midfielders Arter, Ralls, Murphy, Gunnarsson, Damour, Camarasa, Harris, Hoilett Forwards Ward, Paterson, Reid, Madine Cardiff City XI: Etheridge, Manga, Morrison, Bamba, Cunningham, Gunnarsson, Arter, Camarasa, Hoilett, Murphy, Paterson. Position Manchester United players Goalkeepers De Gea, Grant, Romero Defenders Smalling, Jones, Dalot, Shaw, Bailly, Young, Valencia, Darmian Midfielders Pogba, Mata, Matic, McTominay, Herrera, Lingard, Pereira, Fred, Fellaini, Gomes, Hamilton Forwards Rashford, Martial, Chong, Bohui Man Utd XI: De Gea; Young, Jones, Lindelof, Shaw; Matic, Herrera; Lingard, Pogba, Martial; Rashford.Betting & Match Odds Cardiff are priced at odds of 5/1 to win, according to bet 365, while a draw is available at 3/1. A win for the Red Devils is priced at 11/20.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.Match Preview Last weekend’s 3-1 loss to Liverpool in the Premier League was the final nail in the coffin for Mourinho, as they dismissed the Portuguese just 48 hours after the defeat.The former Chelsea boss endured a miserable first half of the season with the club, having lost five matches in 17 Premier League games and already conceding as many goals by December as they did during the whole of last season.The defeat at Anfield ensured United are marooned in sixth place with Mourinho admitting that top-four – let alone challenging for the title – was going to be difficult.Solskjaer’s first game in charge as caretaker manager will be against Cardiff, whom he briefly managed in 2014 but could not save from relegation.The Norwegian’s appointment has been welcomed by many Red Devils fans following the toxic and turbulent reign of Mourinho, though he has been given the massive responsibility of trying to challenge for a Champions League spot for next season as well as lifting the spirits of the dressing room.All eyes will be on whether or not the Solskjaer will decide to slot Pogba into the starting XI straightaway, after the France international fell out of favour under Mourinho.He has, meanwhile, claimed that he will not be afraid to replicate Sir Alex Ferguson’s infamous “hairdryer” treatment with the players, and told reporters that he would not hesitate to “lay down the law”.Solskjaer said: “We’ve spoken about what we expect, what standards we have on and off the pitch. You prepare for every game, I trust the lads to know what they’re doing to help the team. Everything we do is to help the team.”He’s [Pogba] a World Cup winner, Paul’s a terrific lad. When I had him as a kid as well, he was always the happy-go-lucky lad and he’s not changed personality-wise.”He’s a better player, and of course he’s one I want to get the best out of. You have so many quality players that I want to try to get the best out of and he’s no different to anybody else.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche accused Arsenal’s players of diving after his side lost 3-1 at Emirates Stadium, scathingly saying: “Millions of children see it.”Goals in either half from Premier League leading scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left Burnley with little hope of picking up a point towards their fight against relegation, although Ashley Barnes gave them a glimmer of hope when he pulled one back 27 minutes from the end.The Clarets pushed for an equaliser, but a late strike from Alex Iwobi knocked the stuffing out of the visitors, and Dyche claimed the Arsenal substitute scored from an offside position. 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? “We could have got something out of the game. Their final goal was marginally offside,” Dyche told reporters before firing accusations at Unai Emery’s players over diving.”Two dives,” said the Burnley boss. “No-one seems to want to do anything about diving apart from me. Millions of children see it.”We’re not talking about gamesmanship; we’re talking about diving.”Diving’s not for me but gamesmanship is different. What I don’t like is when you’re touched on the arm and your feet go from beneath you. I thought it was incredibly bad at the World Cup.”PIC: Ashley Barnes and Arsenal’s Sokratis battle for the ball pic.twitter.com/nGHgalSOlO— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) December 22, 2018Emery refused to get dragged into an argument about diving, opting to politely disagree with Dyche’s accusations while calling for respect for the referee’s decisions.”The most important thing is the victory,” said the Arsenal coach.”We have to have respect for the referee and for the opposition.”Arsenal’s win coincided with Mesut Ozil’s return to the side after a spell out, and the German was instrumental in helping mastermind the victory, providing an assist and influencing the play with a superb display of passing to delight the Emirates.”It was a big performance and afterwards I spoke with him [Ozil] and said congratulations for your work,” said Emery. “He showed his quality and their characteristics and we needed him to work to help us today and he did.”
Manchester United cruised to an impressive 5-1 Premier League victory over Cardiff City on Saturday in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first match in charge.Three goals in the first half from Marcus Rashford, Ander Herrera and Anthony Martial and a brace from Jesse Lingard earned all three points at Cardiff City Stadium, with Victor Camaras’ penalty proving little consolation.United stay sixth in the table, but the manner of the performance, as well as the result – the first time the side have scored five times in the league since Alex Ferguson’s final game – will have been a welcome sight for the travelling fans at the end of a week that saw Jose Mourinho’s contentious time in charge come to an end. 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? The new United era got off to a stunning start when Rashford blasted home a free-kick from 30 yards out that left goalkeeper Neil Etheridge rooted to the spot.Almost 81 per cent of possession underlined United’s early control, and the scoreline reflected their dominance when Herrera’s strike looped off Greg Cunningham’s shoulder and into the net 29 minutes in.Cardiff were gifted a lifeline when Camarasa fired high into the net from the spot, but United’s two-goal lead was restored three minutes later, when Martial slotted beneath Etheridge after a sublime one-touch passing move involving Lingard and Paul Pogba, restored to the starting line-up.3 – Man Utd have scored three first half goals in a Premier League away game for the first time since November 2017 v Watford. Reaction. #CARMUN pic.twitter.com/ENU4COALZJ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 22, 2018And any hope of a Cardiff comeback was promptly extinguished 11 minutes into the second half, when Lingard dispatched a confident penalty after he had been bundled to the ground by Sol Bamba.Pogba and Phil Jones were each denied by good Etheridge saves, while David de Gea kept out a good Kenneth Zohore attempt. It was 5-1 when Lingard rounded the keeper and slotted home from Pogba’s pass in the 90th minute to secure a first away league win since November 3 in style and give Solskjaer extra cause for celebration against the club he used the manage. 500/100 – Anthony Martial’s strike vs Cardiff was the 500th goal scored in the Premier League this season, in what was his 100th league game for Man Utd. Milestones. #CARMUN pic.twitter.com/y8fs7lJ9En— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 22, 2018What does it mean? Solskjaer has lifted the gloom’You make me happy, when skies are grey’ goes the song sung in Solskjaer’s honour by United fans, and that certainly seems to be the case at the end of a week that started with Mourinho apparently looking likely to stay in the job.United looked liberated in south Wales, playing expressive, attacking football and scoring the goals to go with it, while much-maligned players like Victor Lindelof seemed to exude confidence.Yes, Cardiff were undeniably poor and, yes, United are still sixth, but this was a match where the manner of the performance was arguably more important for the visitors than the result itself.Lingard given a licence to thrillLingard epitomised the freedom with which United’s attacking players performed. His assist for Martial’s goal and his well-taken penalty were the high points of a display full of verve, and Cardiff never quite got to grips with him.Bumbling Bamba a burdenBamba was dispossessed too easily by Pogba in the build-up to Herrera’s goal, his clumsy foul allowed Lingard to make it 4-1 and he missed a good chance for a goal. It was not his finest outing.Key Opta Facts- Since Alex Ferguson left the club, four of the five different managers to take charge of Manchester United have seen their side score 3+ goals in their first Premier League game (Moyes 4, Mourinho 3, Giggs 4 and Solskjaer 5). – Cardiff manager Neil Warnock suffered his 50th Premier League defeat, in what was his 92nd game in the competition – only Mick McCarthy (79), Danny Wilson (87) and Gary Megson (91) have reached 50 defeats in fewer games managed.- Anthony Martial has been directly involved in 70 goals for Manchester United in all competitions (45 goals, 25 assists); the most of any player for the club since his debut in September 2015.- Manchester United’s third goal against Cardiff – scored by Anthony Martial – was the 500th netted in the Premier League this season. What’s next?Huddersfield Town visit Old Trafford for the first home game of the Solskjaer era, while Cardiff head to Crystal Palace, both on December 26. read more
Thomas Tuchel believes the first half of his debut season at Paris Saint-Germain has been “almost perfect” as they head into the mid-season break 13 points clear at the Ligue 1 summit.PSG defeated Nantes 1-0 at the Parc des Princes on Saturday to ensure they retained their unbeaten start to the league season, having dropped just four points in total.Not only are PSG 13 points ahead of Lille, they also have two games in hand on their closest rivals, in what has been an emphatic beginning for Tuchel in Ligue 1. 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? But while PSG have been consistently impressive, Tuchel also feels their progress is noticeable.”When you look at the results, it’s almost perfect,” Tuchel told reporters after Saturday’s game. “I am very, very happy.”We can see the progress of the team, we can feel the energy of the team. Everyone was very open to new ideas. It was nice.”Saturday’s game was PSG’s first in Ligue 1 since December 5, as the champions have had two matches postponed due to the ‘gilet jaunes’ demonstrations.It had been suggested PSG looked tired and lacking in sharpness in what was a rather laboured victory over Nantes, though Tuchel is adamant the team were “amazing”.”No, I do not think so,” he said when asked if they were tired. “We had 70 per cent possession, we had 40 touches in the opposing area, we had 23 shots… It’s amazing.@TTuchelofficial ‘s end-of-the-year message for the fans Rate @PSG_English ‘s first half of the season in word? #ICICESTPARIS pic.twitter.com/o45ekBTZIB — Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) December 22, 2018 “We played with a lot of quality. We do a very aggressive counter-pressing, we just lacked precision in the final touch, in the last pass.”In my opinion, this is a match we could’ve won by four goals. We controlled the match. We deserved to win.”We are tired, but that’s normal. The team has been amazing. I compliment my players.”The club will return to action for a cup match on January 6 but do not have a league match scheduled until six days later against Amiens. But all eyes at PSG will be on Manchester United as the two have been drawn against each other the last 16 of the Champions League.
Juventus dealt a fresh blow to Eusebio Di Francesco’s job security in a routine 1-0 win over an outclassed Roma at Allianz Stadium on Saturday.Champions League semi-finalists last season, Roma have been a shadow of their former selves this term and were no match for the Serie A champions despite the narrow final scoreline.Mario Mandzukic’s commanding header, his eighth league goal of the campaign, gave Juve a deserved half-time lead and they were rarely troubled in restoring an eight-point gap to second-placed Napoli, who earlier beat SPAL 1-0. 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? Robin Olsen’s string of stellar saves ultimately achieved little more than keeping the score down as the under-pressure Di Francesco was left to defend a run of just one victory in seven competitive matches.How did you celebrate this moment from @MarioMandzukic9? #JuveRoma #FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/QdEqdHOq11— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) December 22, 2018Roma encountered intense early pressure and only an in-form Olsen prevented them from slipping to an earlier deficit.The Sweden goalkeeper brilliantly denied Alex Sandro in the seventh minute and was at his athletic best in turning a Cristiano Ronaldo shot around the upright.His saves only prolonged the inevitable as Juve’s opener arrived in the 35th minute, Mandzukic towering above Davide Santon and heading in Mattia De Sciglio’s cross.Ronaldo must have felt a sense of deja vu when Olsen frustrated him with two fine saves in quick succession prior to the hour, causing the Portugal attacker to kick out at the post in irritation.Massimiliano Allegri’s men twice had late goals disallowed on their way to sealing a record 16th victory in 17 Serie A fixtures. Giorgio Chiellini was adjudged to have fouled the Giallorossi goalkeeper, before substitute Douglas Costa’s stoppage-time strike was overturned on VAR due to Blaise Matuidi’s crude challenge on Nicolo Zaniolo in the build-up.What does it mean? Di Francesco in dangerThe goodwill Roma boss Di Francesco built up during an excellent 2017-18 campaign could soon evaporate if results do not turn.There are just two points separating his team and 12th-placed Parma after 17 matches, with considerable January investment seemingly the only antidote to a sub-par run of results.Brilliant Bentancur makes seamless comebackRodrigo Bentancur returned to Juve’s starting XI following a one-match suspension and got straight back to dominating the midfield.Though still only 21, the midfielder is a key cog for Allegri and demonstrated as such by topping the match count for tackles while rarely wasting possession.Santon switches offGranted, there was a mismatch in size at the far post, but Roma needed right-back Santon to be more than a mere step ladder for Mandzukic’s opener.The former Newcastle United defender paid the price for not assessing his surroundings and his regular turnovers impeded Roma’s attempts to rescue a result.Key Opta Facts- Juventus have gained 49 points in the first 17 games of the season – a joint-record in the top five European leagues.- Juve have also won 31 league games in 2018, more than any other team in the top five European leagues.- Ronaldo was responsible for 10 of his team’s 20 shots in this game.What’s next?Both clubs are back in action on December 26 as Juve head to mid-table Atalanta and Roma entertain Sassuolo. read more
Ronald Vargas’ 82nd-minute winner saw Newcastle Jets pile more misery on Central Coast Mariners with a 2-1 derby victory on Sunday.Struggling at the bottom of the table after collecting just two points from their previous eight A-League games of the season, the Mariners took a first-half lead through Matt Simon.But Jason Hoffman headed in a 66th-minute equaliser for the Jets, who handed the Mariners a seventh straight loss when Vargas struck. 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? Newcastle welcomed Roy O’Donovan back from a 10-match ban, but the forward struggled to have much of an impact on his return.Mariners midfielder Michael McGlinchey and Jets star Dimitri Petratos were denied from decent positions with free-kicks before Jair blazed over from inside the area for Newcastle in the first half.Central Coast opened the scoring nine minutes before half-time through Simon.Matt Millar did well down the right before clipping a cross to the back post, where Simon headed in.Advantage @CCMariners in the #F3Derby!Matt Simon nods home after Matt Millar’s bullocking run. #ALeague@FOXFOOTBALL #WhereHeroesAreMade pic.twitter.com/9NVha4zz3b— Hyundai A-League (@ALeague) December 23, 2018The game started to develop a derby feel as the half wore on before Connor Pain squandered a great chance for the Mariners in a one-on-one after the break.That miss would prove costly as the Jets equalised in the 66th minute, Hoffman rising highest to head in a Jair corner.Hoffy draws us level! #F3Derby #MadeOfNewcastle @FOXFOOTBALL pic.twitter.com/mH7FM4JcMF— NEWCASTLE JETS FC (@NewcastleJetsFC) December 23, 2018Newcastle had an 80th-minute effort ruled out for offside before Vargas delivered the winner, the attacker finishing clinically after a beautiful pass from Kaine Sheppard.
Rangers will look to respond to Celtic’s 3-0 win over Dundee when they travel to face St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park on Sunday. Steven Gerrard’s men fell to third in the league on Saturday as Aberdeen leapfrogged them, while there is now a four-point gap to bridge between themselves and Celtic before the Old Firm game on Saturday.Although that encounter is the main focus of the week, the Gers cannot allow their concentration to waver in Perth or for an awkward midweek meeting with Hibs at Ibrox. 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? Game St Johnstone vs Rangers Date Sunday, December 23 Time 12:15pm GMT / 7:15am ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be streamed via B/R Live. US TV channel Online stream N/A B/R Live In the UK, the game will be shown on BT Sport 1 and can be streamed through the BT Sport Live app. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 1 BT Sport Live Squads & Team News Position St Johnstone squad Goalkeepers Clark, Hurst Defenders Shaughnessy, Anderson, Kerr, Gordon, Easton, Tansfer, Foster, Comrie Midfielders Nydam, Davidson, Callachan, McClean, McCann, Wotherspoon, Alston, Craig, Swanson, Scougall Forwards Kennedy, Watt, Kane, McMillan St Johnstone go into this encounter without goalkeeper Conor Mitchell, defender Brian Easton and midfielder Drey Wright, all of whom would have expected to start the game.Danny Swanson and Blair Alston are set to come into the midfield, while Jason Kerr returned to full training late in the week and should start.Possible St Johnstone starting XI: Clark; Foster, Kerr, Shaughnessy, Tanser; Swanson, Alston, Davidson, Wotherspoon; Watt, Kennedy Position Rangers squad Goalkeepers McGregor, Foderingham, Robbie McCrorie Defenders Tavernier, Goldson, Flanagan, Ross McCrorie, Katic, Bradley, Barisic, Worrall, McAuley Midfielders Jack, Ejaria, Halliday, Coulibaly, Arfield, Kelly, Grezda Forwards Candeias, Morelos, Lafferty, Middleton Steven Gerrard has the familiar trio of long-term absentees – Lee Wallace, Jamie Murphy and Graeme Dorrans – to contend with. Additionally, Ryan Kent will miss the match and Scott Arfield is something of a worry, leaving the midfield somewhat depleted.In defence, meanwhile, centre-backs Gareth McAuley and Connor Goldson are both worries, which could open the door to a return for Nikola Katic.Ryan Jack will start after signing a fresh contract with the club that will run until 2021.Possible Rangers starting XI: McGregor; Tavernier, Goldson, Worrall, Barisic; Coulibaly, Jack, McCrorie; Candeias, Morelos, GrezdaBetting & Match Odds Rangers are priced as 11/20 favourites to win this game by bet365. St Johnstone are considered a 5/1 bet to win, while a draw is 3/1.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.Match Preview Rangers might have fallen four points behind Celtic in the Scottish Premiership standings, but they still have designs on overtaking their great rivals before New Year.Victory over St Johnstone on Sunday would open the door to the potential of regaining top spot in the final matches of 2018, in which they face Hibs on Boxing Day before tackling Celtic at Ibrox on Saturday.No slips, however, can be afforded against the Perth outfit, with assistant manager Gary McAllister acutely aware of the danger such a fixture can pose.“Barring their little blip against Motherwell, St Johnstone have been on good form,” he said. “They’re keeping clean sheets. It never ceases to amaze me what Tommy Wright does through at St Johnstone, very rarely he gets money to go and build his squad or add to his squad.“It’s the same players and they’ve done extremely well so it’s a tough opponent. We go up to Perth and it’s going to be difficult, I think it always is when we go through there. So it’s game on, and then obviously it’s Hibs coming back to Ibrox.”St Johnstone had been on an eight-match undefeated run before losing 2-1 to Motherwell at home last weekend, with their defence especially impressive as they had kept seven cleansheets in those games.However, they lost 5-1 at Ibrox when the sides previously met this season.“I know the idea of revenge is used a lot in football but if we need revenge as motivation then we need to take a look at ourselves,” Wright said.“Our focus is all on getting three points and to do that we’re going to have to learn from the game back in September.“We created chances which was obviously positive but we were too open and we were punished for it.“We’re keen to finish this year strongly before the break so we want to pick up another three points on Sunday and that’s our main focus.”Eighth in the table, Saints find themselves in a battle for the top six, but an upset victory would draw them to within four points of Rangers with a game in hand.
“It was a unique game. I always liked to come to the stadium, I always liked the environment, which is exciting. The first game was a dream. When I entered the field I almost had a blackout.”He may have suffered a few nerves when making his Benfica debut, but Gedson Fernandes’ performances for the transitioning Portuguese giants haven’t been that of a player overawed by his fast-tracked inclusion into the first-team.The 19-year-old made his Primeira Liga, UEFA Champions League and full international debuts all within a matter of months, quickly leading to apparent interest from European heavyweights such as Juventus. 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? His recent seventh-placed finish in the Golden Boy ranking proved testament to how well he has settled into the senior set-up with Benfica, while his impactful performances in the Champions League qualifiers were worth their weight in gold for the Eagles, who along with their new prodigy have been taken aback by his ability to have such an effect on their season so far.”I did not expect it to happen so quickly. I appreciate the confidence [shown by the coach and everyone at Benfica],” Fernandes said. “My colleagues really help me. The team has grown immensely. We have worked a lot, we have several goals to reach. I am very happy here.””I was speechless, I was not expecting it, but I’m happy. It’s a sign that the work is being done well. It’s a unique feeling, something inexplicable, I’m in one of the best clubs in the world, it’s my home, that’s where I graduated.” Technically proficient with an athletic build and an eye for goal, Fernandes has completed over half of his attempted dribbles and won more than 50% of his aerial duels this season, as well as boasting a passing accuracy of over 82% in the Portuguese top-flight and the UEFA Champions League.His ability to distribute the balls is mirrored by his skills to win it back; Fernandes completes on average two tackles a game and wins 3.5 fouls per game in the Primeira Liga; the fifth-highest in the league.Such well-rounded statistics promise a bright future for Fernandes, who is being monitored by the likes of Juventus and Manchester United. If his progress in 2019 rivals the strides he made in 2018, it won’t be long before the precocious young Portuguese starlet is propelled among the footballing elite.
Paul Pogba’s struggle for consistency at Manchester United is not because of any problem with his behaviour, former striker Louis Saha says.Pogba impressed on Saturday in his side’s 5-1 thrashing of Cardiff City, registering two assists as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign as caretaker manager got off to a flying start.It was the France international’s first start in the Premier League since the 2-2 draw with Southampton on December 1, the midfielder having been dropped by Jose Mourinho in the Portuguese’s final few weeks in charge. 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? Pogba’s inability to perform consistently under Mourinho was often attributed to a poor relationship with his manager, with the pair said to have clashed on more than one occasion.Saha, twice a Premier League winner with United, thinks Pogba showed at the World Cup that he can play in a more disciplined role, but he admits it is not something that suits him.”The issue with the word ‘boss’ is that, at some stage, a boss needs to be consistent,” Saha told Omnisport. “You need to be well-perceived in the group.”That’s today’s criticism towards Paul. We need to understand him. Some weeks, he’s been outstanding. That’s what we expect from a player as talented as he is.”I think that his problem is that he has so many qualities that it’s complicated to keep him in one specific position, even box-to-box or in the defensive tasks, when he can score or make the difference anyway. I think those elements are difficult for him as a player.”He can do it because he did it with Didier Deschamps. He can do it with any team or coach. It’s not a behavioural problem but an analysis one. He must tell himself: ‘Okay, for that specific game, I need to do a certain job’. I think it’s not easy for him.”Saha hopes Solskjaer can be a positive influence on Pogba given his selfless nature as a player and a coach.”Ole has a lot of humility and it can help in their communication,” Saha said. “He will put his ego aside as ‘boss’ and he’ll tell himself that today the team goes first.”It is what Ole does. He’s always done it. He made great sacrifices for his team-mates. He’s made the difference for his team-mates and his coach. That’s Ole. He will give that [to the team].”That’s a message he’ll give gradually to all the players. They need to get their confidence back. They almost need some paternal communication. A misplaced pride in a great club constantly under the scrutiny of everyone. Whatever will happen, there they’ll talk about it because it’s one of the most followed clubs in the world. ” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told his players to run more and be more dangerous in attack after arriving at Manchester United, Nemanja Matic has revealed.Solskjaer was appointed as interim boss at Old Trafford after Jose Mourinho was sacked on Tuesday, and got off to an emphatic start by beating Cardiff City 5-1 in his opening game.The players had come under criticism for a lack of effort under their former manager, with some critics claiming Mourinho had lost the support of the dressing room. 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? United had renewed energy on Saturday though, and Solskjaer was pleased with how the players implemented his ideas.Speaking to reporters after the game, Matic said of the Norwegian: “He is only two days with us but we had a few meetings. He said we need to play more forward, to be more dangerous in attack, to run more, to compete with everything and that’s exactly what we did today and we are happy because of that.”Matic was signed by United in 2017 from Chelsea for £40 million ($50m), and had previously won a Premier League title under Mourinho at Chelsea.The midfielder was then singled out by his manager last season as one of the few United players to be putting in consistent performances.Matic was a key reason United secured a second-place finish in the Premier League that campaign, and he defended Mourinho after the club’s worst start to a season for 28 years.”This is football,” he continued. “In football, this happens. We know, also, it’s not only the manager’s fault that results are not good but this is football and we have to carry on and to fight for the club.””I said after the Liverpool game we also needed to take responsibility and to do our best to play better and to win games.”United face Huddersfield Town at home on Boxing Day next time out as Solskjaer aims for a win on his Old Trafford debut as manager.They then clash with Bournemouth before a trip to Newcastle United to round off the festive period. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Arsenal, and any other suitor of Nicolas Pepe, have been made aware that it will cost €80 million (£72m/$91m) to secure the Lille winger’s signature.The talented 23-year-old has emerged as a target for leading sides across Europe.The Emirates Stadium has been mooted as one possible landing spot for the Ivory Coast international. 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? Lille, though, are aware that they have a prized asset on their hands and will not be parting with him unless a hefty price tag is met.The Ligue 1 club’s sporting director, Luis Campos, told Telefoot of Pepe: “I hope he will stay this winter. We’ll do everything to keep him.“All the top clubs in the world have their eyes on him, and that’s normal, but the president has been clear.“The idea is for him to continue at the club.“In contrast, with my experience in football, I would say that if a club arrives with a big number and can convince the player… I would sell him for €80 million.“That’s the price tag, but you’d have to convince the player and he’s been a big part of us being in second place.”Pepe has certainly enjoyed a productive opening to the 2018-19 campaign.In just 19 Ligue 1 appearances this term, he has contributed 12 goals and five assists.It is that productivity which has him attracting admiring glances from afar.Arsenal boss Unai Emery, who got a good look at Pepe during his time in charge of Paris Saint-Germain, is said to be a big fan.The Gunners already have plenty of creativity on their books, but the opportunity to bolster those ranks will not be passed up if an opportunity presents itself.
CLICK HERE FOR THE FIFA 20 VERSION!There is nothing that gets a club’s fan base more excited than the prospect of having a wonderkid on their books, a game-changing player who can define the team for years to come and propel them to silverware at home and in continental competition.FIFA 19 is no different, with an astute signing of a young player turning your Career Mode team from also-rans into genuine contenders. There are loads of talented young players from around the world that end up becoming superstars with the right tuition and game time, including many bargains that may even be willing to sign for teams outside the top flight.Goal compiles all the wonderkids in FIFA 19, listing the players with the highest potential rating under 20 in the game. This list is ordered by position, with the players separated into the category of their primary position. For example, Kylian Mbappe’s preferred position is on the wing, so he is listed as a forward, but he’s also the best young midfielder in the game too as he’s just so talented, he can play almost everywhere! 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? PO. = Position(s) CR = Current Rating PR = Potential Rating VA. = Value *Clubs listed are the clubs the players are assigned to in FIFA 19 Career Mode, while ages shown are the age at the start of Career ModeFIFA 19: BEST YOUNG GOALKEEPERS NAME AGE CLUB PO. CR PR VA. G Donnarumma 19 AC Milan GK 82 93 £25.5m A Lafont 19 Fiorentina GK 77 89 £10.6m A Lunin 19 Real Madrid GK 76 88 £9.2m C Fruchtl 18 Bayern Munich GK 65 86 £900k M Svilar 18 Benfica GK 67 85 £1.1m A Plizzari 18 AC Milan GK 66 84 £950k W Farinez 20 Millonarios GK 73 83 £4.4m J Biljow 20 Feyenoord GK 72 82 £3.4m B Dragowski 20 Fiorentina GK 71 82 £2.8m F Uzoho 19 Deportivo GK 68 82 £1.4m F Muller 20 Mainz GK 67 82 £1.2m Diogo Costa 18 Porto GK 66 82 £950k O Mandanda 19 Bordeaux GK 64 82 £700k Y Diouf 18 Troyes GK 62 82 £400k S Laiton 18 Auxerre GK 60 82 £350k G Kobel 20 Hoffenheim GK 66 81 £1m L Plogmann 18 Werder Bremen GK 60 81 £350k A Semper 20 Chievo Verona GK 67 80 £1m M Schubert 20 Dynamo Dresden GK 67 80 £1m P Dahlberg 19 Watford GK 67 80 £1m A Muric 19 Man City GK 61 80 £400k L Ingolotti 18 Atletico Aldosivi GK 58 80 £200k Once again, AC Milan and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma is the best young shot-stopper in the game, reflecting his real-life status where he won Goal’s NxGn in 2017 and finished as runner-up in 2018. Donnarumma’s price in FIFA 19 will probably scare off many potential suitors, but he is the only young goalkeeper who ends up with a rating over 90.Andriy Lunin starts Career Mode on loan from Real Madrid, so is not an option in the first transfer window, but value can be had if you look to Bayern Munich’s Christian Fruchtl or Benfica’s Mile Svilar, who impressed last season against Manchester United in the Europa League despite conceding an own goal.Those two will probably not get into your team straight away, with the vast majority of talented young goalkeepers having ratings less than 70 at the start of the game.FIFA 19: BEST YOUNG DEFENDERS NAME AGE CLUB PO. CR PR VA. M de Ligt 18 Ajax CB 80 91 £18m T Alexander-Arnold 19 Liverpool RB 78 88 £12.3m D Upamecano 19 RB Leipzig CB 76 88 £10.6m Diogo Liete 19 Porto CB 74 87 £8.4m B Kamara 18 Marseille CB,CDM 71 87 £3.9m A Bastoni 19 Inter CB 67 87 £1.3m Pablo Maffeo 20 Stuttgart RWB,RM 78 86 £11.4m N Mukiele 20 RB Leipzig CB,RB,RWB 77 86 £10.6m Eder Militao 20 Porto RB,CB 75 86 £8.8m J Kounde 19 Bordeaux CB 73 86 £5.7m E Ampadu 17 Chelsea CB,CDM 63 86 £650k M Saracchi 20 RB Leipzig LB 75 85 £8.4m A Hakimi 19 Real Madrid RB,LB 75 85 £7.9m P Restos 19 Bayer Leverkusen CB,RB,LB 75 85 £7.9m J Foyth 20 Spurs CB 70 85 £3.1m M Varnier 20 Cittadella CB 70 85 £3.1m G Itter 19 Wolfsburg LB 67 85 £1.3m F Benkovic 20 Leicester CB 76 84 £8.8m T Herndandez 20 Real Madrid LB,LWB 76 84 £8.4m F Udokhai 20 Wolfsburg CB 76 84 £8.8m Lato 20 Valencia LB,LWB,LM 75 84 £7.9m T Fosu-Mensah 20 Man Utd RB,CB 74 84 £7m I Konate 19 RB Leipzig CB 73 84 £5.3m D Maresic 18 Sturm Graz CB 72 84 £4m Diogo Dalot 19 Man Utd RB,LB 72 84 £4.1m Dodo 19 Vitoria Guimaraes RB 71 84 £3.4m N Perez 18 Argentinos Juniors CB 70 84 £2.9m C Carter-Vickers 20 Spurs CB 69 84 £1.8m N Cozza 19 Montpellier CB,LWB 68 84 £1.5m R Gummy 20 Lech Poznan RB 68 84 £1.6m K Ruegg 19 Zurich RB,CM 67 84 £1.3m L Mai 18 Bayern Munich CB 64 84 £750k R James 18 Wigan RB,CB 64 84 £725k Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt is one of the most in-demand defenders in world football, but is surprisingly affordable in FIFA 19 – if you have that budget that is! He has a current rating of 80, meaning he’s probably good enough to be a starter at most clubs before getting better and better each season.Trent Alexander-Arnold’s breakthrough season at Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp has earned him the prize of the best young full-back in FIFA 19. It’s not quite a trophy, but with an opening value of just over £12 million, you may be able to tempt him away from Anfield to win silverware elsewhere.Wales international Ethan Ampadu is a versatile defender, having already played for his country in midfield, and is available relatively cheaply at the start of the game. If you can sign him in the first transfer window, you’ll be greatly rewarded as he develops into a brilliant talent on and off the ball.FIFA 19: BEST YOUNG MIDFIELDERS NAME AGE CLUB PO. CR PR VA. L Bailey 20 Bayer Leverkusen LM,RM 82 89 £27.7m E Barco 19 Atlanta United LM,CAM,ST 74 89 £10.6m C Pulisic 19 Borussia Dortmund RM,LM,RW,LW 79 88 £16.7m H Aouar 20 Lyon CM,LW,CAM 78 88 £14.5m K Havertz 19 Bayer Leverkusen CAM,RM,CF 79 88 £16.7m P Foden 18 Man City CAM,CM 73 88 £7m Riqui Puig 18 Barcelona CM 68 88 £1.6m S Tonali 18 Brescia CDM,CM 66 88 £1.2m A Diawara 20 Napoli CM,CDM 77 87 £12.3m I Sarr 20 Rennes LM,RM,ST 76 87 £11.9m Y Karamoh 19 Inter RM,RW 73 87 £7.5m J Sancho 18 Borussia Dortmund LM,LW 72 87 £5.7m A Davies 17 Vancouver Whitecaps LM,RM 72 87 £5.3m Sergio Gomez 17 Borussia Dortmund CAM,CM 68 87 £1.6m A Gomes 17 Man Utd CAM,LW 66 87 £1.2m A Dabo 17 Nantes LM,CM 63 87 £700k V Tsygankov 20 Dynamo Kyiv RM,LM 79 86 £15.8m Wendel 20 Sporting CP CM 75 86 £10.1m S Berge 20 Genk CDM,CM 75 86 £8.8m Gedson Fernandes 19 Benfica CM 74 86 £8.4m Ferran Torres 18 Valencia RM,RW,LM 73 86 £6.2m Jovane Cabral 20 Sporting CP RM,LM 73 86 £6.6m Paulinho 17 Bayer Leverkusen RM 71 86 £4.1m Kangin Lee 17 Valencia CAM,LM,RM 70 86 £3.1m S Diop 18 Monaco CAM 65 86 £1.1m Alfa Semedo 20 Benfica CDM,CM,CB 76 85 £9.2m Dani Olmo 20 Dinamo Zagreb LM,CAM 75 85 £9.7m M Locatelli 20 AC Milan CDM 75 85 £8.4m Bruno Xadas 20 Braga RM 74 85 £8.4m M Mount 19 Chelsea CAM 74 85 £8.4m G Chakvetadze 18 Gent CAM 72 85 £4.8m A Maier 19 Hertha Berlin CM,CDM 72 85 £5.3m M Cuisance 18 Borussia M’gladbach CM 72 85 £4.8m M Zaracho 20 RC Avellaneda RM,CM,CAM 72 85 £5.3m A Tchouameni 18 Bordeaux CDM,CM 71 85 £3.9m S Ozcan 20 Koln CM,CDM 70 85 £3.4m M Sharapenko 19 Dynamo Kyiv CM,CDM,CAM 69 85 £2m B Woodburn 18 Liverpool CAM,LW,ST 68 85 £1.6m M Edwards 19 Spurs RM,CAM 66 85 £1.2m T Kubo 17 Tokyo CAM,RM,ST,LM 63 85 £700k Bundesliga duo Leon Bailey and Christian Pulisic are well known around the world already and their values in FIFA 19 reflect this. They’re both first-team ready at the start of the game, just like Bailey’s team-mate Kai Havertz, who is the perfect young player to support the attack through the middle.Manchester City’s Phil Foden is available for half the price of the German-based players, and with excellent ball control and passing, he can be a midfield anchor for many years. Most of the midfielders have multiple positions, with attacking midfielder Takefusa Kubo capable of playing anywhere across midfield or even in attack. He’s a very affordable option as he starts the game on loan at J-League club Yokohama F Marinos. Oh, and he’s also nicknamed the ‘Japanese Messi’. Who wouldn’t want him in their team?Aside from Kubo, there are number of talented 17-year-olds available at reasonable prices, but they will need plenty of game time to reach their potential. Luckily you can train them in FIFA 19 or even better, give them game time.FIFA 19: BEST YOUNG FORWARDS NAME AGE CLUB PO. CR PR VA. K Mbappe 19 PSG RW,ST,RM 87 95 £63.4m Vinicius Junior 17 Real Madrid LW,RW 77 92 £15.4m M Rashford 20 Man Utd LW,ST,LM 81 89 £23.3m P Cutrone 20 AC Milan ST 77 89 £14.1m R Sessegnon 18 Fulham LW,LB 75 88 £10.6m J Arp 18 Hamburg ST 69 88 £1.9m C Under 20 Roma RW,LW 77 87 £12.8m M Kean 18 Juventus ST 72 87 £5.7m Joao Felix 18 Benfica LW,CAM 70 87 £3.2m C Hudson-Odoi 17 Chelsea LW,CAM,RW 68 87 £1.6m P Pellegri 17 Monaco ST 67 87 £1.3m L Martinez 20 Inter ST 79 86 £15.8m F Chiesa 20 Fiorentina RW,CF 77 86 £12.3m J Kluivert 19 Roma LW,RW 75 86 £9.7m Rafael Leao 19 Lille ST,LM 72 86 £5.7m C Kouame 20 Genoa ST,CF 71 86 £4.4m T Weah 18 PSG ST,LW 69 86 £1.9m Brahim Diaz 18 Man City LW,RW,CAM 69 86 £1.9m A Gouiri 18 Lyon ST 67 86 £1.4m W Geubbels 16 Monaco ST 64 86 £900k S Bergwijn 20 PSV LW,RW 77 85 £11.4m K Dolberg 20 Ajax ST 76 85 £10.6m E Mor 20 Celta Vigo LW,RW,ST,CF 74 85 £8.4m T Abraham 20 Chelsea ST 74 85 £8.8m D Rossi 20 Los Angeles FC LW,ST,RW 72 85 £5.3m O Okwonkwo 20 Bologna LW,CAM 70 85 £3.4m M Romero 19 PSV ST 70 85 £3.4m M Maolida 19 Nice LW,ST,LM 70 85 £3.3m J David 18 Gent ST 68 85 £1.6m Matheus Cunha 19 RB Leipzig ST,RM,CF 67 85 £1.4m M Boadu 17 AZ Alkmaar ST 66 85 £1.1m V Supriaga 18 Dynamo Kyiv ST 66 85 £1.2m R Nelson 18 Arsenal RW 65 85 £980k T Chong 18 Man Utd RW,LW,CAM 65 85 £980k M Odegaard 19 Real Madrid RW 74 84 £7.9m E Dennis 20 Club Brugge ST,RM,LM 73 84 £6.2m H Bande 19 Ajax LW,ST 72 84 £4.8m D Solanke 20 Liverpool ST 70 84 £3.5m C Stengs 19 AZ Alkmaar RW 69 84 £2m Leo Jaba 19 PAOK ST,LM 69 84 £2m Han Kwang Song 19 Cagliari ST 68 84 £1.7m E Haland 17 Molde ST 67 84 £1.3m M Sylla 18 Monaco ST 65 84 £990k G Middleton 18 Rangers LW 64 84 £810k J Sargent 18 Werder Bremen ST 64 84 £840k E Nketiah 19 Arsenal ST 64 84 £860k R Brewster 18 Liverpool ST 62 84 £620k R Griffiths 18 Lyon ST 61 84 £500k It’s no surprise that Kylian Mbappe is the highest rated young player in FIFA 19 as well as the teenager with the highest potential. The PSG superstar starts off at 87 rated but can reach as high as 95 – which is better than both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s current ratings!Unfortunately signing Mbappe is all but impossible for the vast majority of clubs, so you will likely have to look elsewhere to find your talismanic frontman. Hamburg teenager Jann-Fiete Arp can become an 88-rated striker while Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi is a brilliant young winger who can also play through the middle.Two young Americans who start off relatively cheap and low-rated are PSG’s Timothy Weah and Werder Bremen’s Josh Sargent, but both can become an unstoppable force by the time the 2026 World Cup in North America rolls around.
Liverpool should be weighing up a future approach for Jadon Sancho, says Paul Ince, but a new striker is considered to be Jurgen Klopp’s top priority for the January window.The Reds are expected to recruit over the winter, with their manager having left the door open for possible additions.It is unlikely that an England international currently starring for Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund will figure on that wish list. 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? Sancho, though, may be targeted by Premier League sides in the future and Liverpool have been urged to ensure that they are in the mix whenever that day comes.Former Reds midfielder Ince told Express Sport of the talented teenager: “I think when you look at Sancho, let’s not go overboard. He’s only 18.“We don’t want to make these players better than what they are the moment, they’re still only young and have a long way to go.“We as a nation have a tendency to build people up from such a young age and then knock them back down.“I feel with Sancho, the boy’s done well and he’s been brave to make that decision to go and play in Germany.”He needs to keep playing games until he’s 19 or 20.“Then maybe Liverpool should start looking at him. And not just him, there’s other kids out there [in Germany] doing well.”With Sancho an option to pursue at a later date, Ince believes Liverpool should be looking for added firepower in the coming weeks.The Reds boast plenty of goal threat at present, but cover is considered to be required for the likes of Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.On what Klopp should be trying to bring in, Ince said: “I feel maybe he needs another striker, I really do.“It’s always hard to get the best players in January. The best don’t really want to leave then.“But you’ve got to say if Salah got injured who’s necessarily going to replace him?“Sturridge flits in and out and hasn’t really done it.“I think as a manager you’re always looking to improve the team.“And I think if they are up there – and they will be up there – like City and like United they’ll be looking to bring in some extra faces to improve the team.“It’s exciting. Everyone thought City would run away with it but Liverpool are right there.”Klopp’s side top the table at present and, having gone unbeaten through 18 games, are currently four points clear of reigning champions Manchester City heading into a busy Boxing Day. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Maurizio Sarri has demanded a reaction from his Chelsea players when they travel to Watford on Boxing Day .Jamie Vardy scored the only goal to stun the Blues on Saturday and send Leicester City away from Stamford Bridge with a surprise 1-0 win .Sarri was angered by Chelsea’s lacklustre reaction to falling behind 10 minutes into the second half against the Foxes and knows they must improve at Vicarage Road, where his predecessor Antonio Conte suffered a damaging 4-1 defeat last season. 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? “I think that in this moment we have to think about us, only about our team,” said the former Napoli coach.”The match is difficult. We know we have to study this kind of opponent very well [but] I think that now the most important thing is our reaction after the [Leicester] match.”In the match our reaction was not in the right way and now we have to think about our reaction after the match, just in order to prepare in the right way.”It means that while their fans might be enjoying some of their favourite Christmas films, Chelsea’s players will be settling down to pour over their own video nasties.”I think that I have an idea about what happened [against Leicester], so I want only a confirmation,” explained Sarri.”We will prepare a video for the individual mistakes. I want to speak with the group first of all and then I want to speak with three, four, five players. I don’t know how many at the moment.”But we have to do everything to avoid the same problem in the future. It is not easy.”Sarri could call upon Alvaro Morata versus Watford, despite reports he may leave during the January transfer window, after the Spain striker returned to training from a minor knee injury.”[On Friday] he started training with the group so I think he will be able to play,” his head coach confirmed. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Real Madrid’s form after Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure is a “warning” to Barcelona when it comes to Lionel Messi, according to former Blaugrana player Jordi Cruyff.Ronaldo, 33, made a surprise move from Madrid to Juventus for a reported €100million in July after spending nine seasons with the LaLiga giants.Madrid initially struggled to cope with Ronaldo’s absence and are eight points adrift of league leaders and rivals Barca – although they hold a game in hand. 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? Messi is contracted at Barca until 2021, but the club’s former midfielder Cruyff urged them to learn from Madrid’s mistakes.”What happened to Madrid is a warning for Barca,” the Chongqing Dangdai Lifan coach told Sport.”Madrid players are still great, but in football you need that player who even losing 2-0 you think you can win. It happens with Messi.”It’s much more than football… it is belief.” One year ago… The moment Leo #Messi Bernabéu Stadium pic.twitter.com/aq5QPl0nqi — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 23, 2018 Messi has enjoyed another stellar start to this season, scoring 21 goals in just 20 games in all competitions.Cruyff, a former Netherlands international, said Ronaldo – like Messi at Barca – was holding Madrid together.”You analyse Madrid and you see that Cristiano was the man who holds the umbrella,” he said.”When it rains, nobody gets wet. Now, there is no umbrella.”Ronaldo has scored 12 goals and set up seven for new club Juventus as they lead the Serie A by eight points from Napoli.The Old Lady have also qualified for the Champions League knockouts and will face Atletico Madrid in the round-of-16.
Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Commissioned by the advocacy and support group Business for the Arts with a long list of corporate sponsors and institutional collaborators, the study asked potential respondents if they participated at least once a year in any of 34 possible activities. These range from “benchmark” arts experiences such as attending a play or a ballet or visiting an art gallery, to less obvious candidates such as visiting a public park, a historic site or an ethnic festival as well as participating in a food or drink event, reading literature or watching television. Then, crucially, the researchers also asked if respondents considered the activity a cultural experience. If you think an arts lover looks like a grey-haired white lady trotting off to the opera, ballet or art gallery, think again. A new study of cultural consumption shows that a wide range of Canadians from diverse backgrounds and age groups are enthusiastic participants – as long as you let them define what a cultural experience is.Culture Track: Canada imports a long-standing U.S. survey of cultural consumption to this country and reveals some surprising results. Allophones – that is Canadians for whom neither English nor French is a first language – are more culturally engaged than anglophones or francophones. Millennials, defined as Canadians age 20 to 35, are more eager participants than other age groups but, like older people, can be skeptical about using digital technology to get their fix.The study conducted by Nanos Research challenges the common cultural sector fear that dwindling art audiences are made up largely of aging white people, but partly because it asks respondents to define culture themselves. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
MAHONE BAY, N.S. – A Nova Scotia craft brewery has put together two East Coast favourites to brew up something new: lobster-infused beer.Saltbox Brewery in Mahone Bay is now fermenting its first batch of Crustacean Elation — a creation that involved the use of whole lobsters early in the brewing process.Spokesman Patrick Jardine said it was something they had been talking about for some time, and finally decided to give it a try.“We said, ‘Hey why not?’ The Maritimes is all about lobster, and lobster and beer go together, so let’s marry them up,” Jardine said.He said not everyone was quick to buy into the concept.“Lots of people think lobster shouldn’t be in beer, they just can’t imagine it going together, but the process is really quite easy. You just put it right into the pot while you’re making the beer,” he said.“We added the whole lobsters to the mash, which is the part of the process where all the starches in the grain get converted to sugars. The flavours get into the malt itself.”Jardine said once the lobsters were removed, the staff got to eat them, and later the shells were roasted as a way to add more flavour and aroma. That flavour was added during pasteurization.“There’s lots of curiosity around it. I think we’ll have lots of people out to try it out and we’re anxious to try it ourselves,” he said.The first batch is now in the fermentation stage and should be ready soon.Jardine said experienced lobster eaters should be quick to recognize the taste.“We hope so. Before fermentation we could definitely smell and taste the essence of lobster, so hopefully that carries through into the final product,” he said.Jardine said if it’s a hit, it may become an annual offering during lobster season.“It’s lobster harvest season right now, so it kind of married itself quite nicely,” he said.Saltbox opened its taproom in Mahone Bay, west of Halifax, about 15 months ago, and Jardine said they’ve been experimenting with different methods and flavours, including a beer that’s aged in whisky barrels.Other breweries have experimented with adding shellfish flavours, including Maine’s Oxbow Brewing, but Jardine says it’s the first time their fledgling brewery has tried.— By Kevin Bissett in Fredericton.
OTTAWA – Resurrecting the per-vote subsidy for federal political parties would cost the public treasury about $44 million annually over the next four years, a new report says — an expense the Liberal government said Tuesday it has no plans to incur.A new report from the parliamentary budget officer calculates the potential cost of reintroducing the subsidy, which was introduced in 2004 by the Liberals when corporate donations were banned. By 2015, however, the Conservatives had phased out the subsidies.The report follows a private member’s bill introduced last fall by Bloc Quebecois MP Michel Boudrias that, if passed, would restore public funding for registered political parties in the form of a quarterly allowance of 44 cents per vote cast in the most recent general election.The bill also proposes lowering the annual individual donation limit to political parties to $525 from the current maximum of $1,575.In the midst of controversy over so-called cash-for-access fundraisers, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in late 2016 that he was willing to consider other options for resolving the problem, including reducing the donation limit and reinstating the per-vote subsidy for political parties, thereby reducing their need to raise large sums of money.However, Liberal insiders later said those options were eventually rejected — and the party eventually announced new rules it says will ensure there’s more transparency surrounding political fundraisers and that they’re no longer private events.The findings by parliamentary budget officer Jean-Denis Frechette show the cost of reviving the per-vote subsidy would be “quite a significant investment,” said Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould.“So, as it stands right now, I think we’re pretty comfortable with how parties are financed … It’s not something that we’re probably going to be pursuing.”Boudrias defended his bill in a statement Tuesday following the report’s release: “Public financing would reduce the influence of private interests on parties and elected officials,” he said. “The defence of democracy doesn’t have a price.”The legislation also proposes changes to maximum tax credits that individuals would be able to claim for political donations — an adjustment the parliamentary budget office estimates would increase government tax expenditures by about $2 million per year.Canada has a total ban on corporate or union donations, and requires that all contributions be disclosed publicly.