Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Ignoring Isco nothing personal, says Solari

Ignoring Isco nothing personal, says Solari
Santiago Solari insisted his decision to leave Isco as an unused substitute in a 2-1 win at Real Betis was nothing personal against the Real Madrid midfielder.
Isco was benched despite Solari being without Gareth Bale, Lucas Vazquez, Toni Kroos, Marco Asensio and Marcos Llorente for Sunday's visit to the Benito Villamarin.
And even when striker Karim Benzema had to be substituted at half-time due to a fractured finger, Solari instead gave a LaLiga debut to B team striker Cristo Gonzalez.

Juventus want Chelsea full-back Emerson Palmieri

Juventus want Chelsea full-back Emerson Palmieri
The Brazilian left-back only arrived in London in 2018, but could be on the verge of a return to Italy.
Juventus have made contact with Chelsea over the availability of Emerson Palmieri, Goal can confirm, with the Italian side keen to land their man in the January transfer window.
It is understood that the Serie A champions are eager to buy the player outright, with left-wing-back Leonardo Spinazzola ready to be loaned out to Bologna to make room for the Brazilian.
The 24-year-old has featured sparingly for the Blues since his arrival from Roma in January of 2018, taking in only 7 league Premier League appearances as Marcos Alonso continues to be preferred at the left side of defence.

Guardiola tells Manchester City players to ignore Liverpool's calendar

Guardiola tells Manchester City players to ignore Liverpool's calendar
Liverpool can stretch their lead atop the Premier League back to seven points, but Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is unconcerned.
Pep Guardiola wants his Manchester City players to ignore Liverpool's fixtures in the Premier League title race.
City narrowed the gap to leaders Liverpool back to four points on Monday with a 3-0 home win against 10-man Wolves, Gabriel Jesus on target with a brace before Conor Coady's late own goal.
But Liverpool host Crystal Palace prior to City's next game, so the Reds' cushion could again be seven points before Guardiola's side travel to managerless Huddersfield Town on Sunday.

Liverpool boss Klopp concedes Mane call was 'one of my biggest mistakes ever'

Liverpool boss Klopp concedes Mane call was 'one of my biggest mistakes ever'
The German coach had the chance to snap up the Senegalese star during his time at Borussia Dortmund but missed out on a player he holds in high regard.
Jurgen Klopp considers missing out on Sadio Mane during his time in charge of Borussia Dortmund to be "one of my biggest mistakes ever", but the German has been able to right those wrongs at Liverpool.
Back in 2014, a Senegalese star was preparing to part company with Red Bull Salzburg.

Obafemi Awolowo University students cry out as exams begin despite the on-going ASUU strike

Obafemi Awolowo University students cry out as exams begin despite the on-going ASUU strike
ASUU, led by Biodun Ogunyemi, had embarked on industrial action on November 4 to protest poor funding of universities and non-implementation of agreements reached.

While other academic activities were suspended in various universities, some departments in OAU carried on because they had lecturers who were not members of ASUU.

Students of Botany, Zoology and some foreign languages have been affected by the strike action, their colleagues in English and Literary Studies department have been receiving lectures and sat for exams on Monday. .

Saturday, 12 January 2019

Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United - Lucas Moura facing fitness test before United clash

Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United - Lucas Moura facing fitness test before United clash
Tottenham will assess Lucas Moura as they prepare to face Manchester United in the Premier League at Wembley.
The Brazilian missed the midweek Carabao Cup win over Chelsea with a knee injury and is a doubt to face the Red Devils on Sunday.
Eric Dier (appendicitis) and Victor Wanyama (knee) miss out, while Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele are back in training but not match-fit.
Manchester United are set to welcome back Paul Pogba for the trip to north London.

Vinicius a doubt for Real Madrid’s clash with Real Betis through illness

Vinicius a doubt for Real Madrid’s clash with Real Betis through illness
Real Madrid are sweating on the availability of rising star Vinicius ahead of Sunday’s trip to Real Betis with coach Santiago Solari already without a host of players.
The 18-year-old Brazilian has impressed for the European champions when given the chance this season and scored Real’s final goal in their 3-0 Copa del Rey win over Leganes in midweek.
However, the winger is struggling with illness and is a doubt for the trip to Seville, where Real are without the likes of Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos, Thibaut Courtois, Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez through injury or suspension.

Rice takes centre stage for West Ham as off-colour Arsenal miss Ozil craft

Rice takes centre stage for West Ham as off-colour Arsenal miss Ozil craft
Declan Rice scored his first career goal to fire West Ham to a 1-0 win over Arsenal.
The 19-year-old midfielder struck early in the second half to condemn Arsenal, who left Mesut Ozil out of their squad, to a fifth defeat of the season.
Marko Arnautovic was in the West Ham side despite having his head turned by the Chinese, but in the end it was Rice who delivered.

Leaders Liverpool back to winning ways after beating Brighton

Leaders Liverpool back to winning ways after beating Brighton
Lacklustre Liverpool ground back to winning ways to reaffirm their Premier League lead with a patchy 1-0 victory at Brighton.
Mohamed Salah struck his 14th league goal of the season from the penalty spot as the off-kilter Reds stretched their top-flight advantage over Manchester City back to seven points.
Liverpool failed to produce the kind of statement win to flex their title-challenge muscles following successive defeats to chief rivals City in the league, and Wolves in the FA Cup.

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