first_imgAdvertisement Chelsea 0-2 Southampton: Frank Lampard post-match press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:41FullscreenChelsea 0-2 Southampton: Frank Lampard post-match press conference is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.He added: ‘Let’s switch it back to Arsenal. Granit Xhaka may be off, so he picked what he thought was the best balance in midfield.‘As much as I like what Matteo Guendouzi has, he has been poor and struggled at times, but he will come good and may come back into the fold at some point. You see that he had to play Bukayo Saka at left-back, but he has done very well considering he is an attacker.‘Alexandre Lacazette is back in the team, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is scoring, but Lacazette was sluggish – he needed that game.‘Mesut Ozil was subbed but was not finding the space, so you can see why. I enjoyed the desire and a bit of fight from the Arsenal team I saw at Bournemouth.‘This should lift the big players. He could make a few changes, but my heart is ruling my head here.’ Arteta is preparing for his opening home match as Arsenal manager (Picture: Getty)He added: ‘I think energy is everything, in life, in football and in sports. If we are able to generate this it will give us a lift.‘I was really pleased with how the fans treated the players [against Bournemouth] and I was happy that the players went to see the fans after the game as well because we need that connection.‘Slowly, we need to build that back to where it was. It’s going to be very powerful for us to use that. Hopefully we can change it.AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘First I need to convince the players and then, if I can convince the players, afterwards we can convince the fans.‘I think it’s very, very important in my job. At the end of the day they’re expecting a lot from us.‘We have to give them enjoyment, we have to make their lives better and, when we win, it will be better because they will be happier.‘It’s our responsibility and we have to do everything we can to achieve that.’ Advertisement Nicholas has backed Arsenal to get the better of Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Despite Chelsea’s poor run of form, Arteta expects his players to face a ‘really good test’ on Sunday afternoon.‘I know they lost at home again but they are a terrific team,’ the new Arsenal boss said.‘It will be a really good test for us.’ Comment Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal play host to Chelsea at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)Charlie Nicholas believes Arsenal’s players will be ‘lifted’ after their promising performance against Bournemouth and has backed his former club to beat Chelsea this weekend.Mikel Arteta sat in the dugout as Arsenal head coach for the first time on Boxing Day and the Spaniard took encouragement from a positive display despite his side only coming away from Dean Court with a point.The Gunners have managed just one win from 14 in all competitions and Arteta will be desperate for his opening victory on Sunday afternoon in what represents his first home match in charge.Chelsea have experienced a drastic dip of their own and have suffered shock defeats at home to Bournemouth and Southampton over the last fortnight.ADVERTISEMENT Bournemouth 1-1 Arsenal: Mikel Arteta post-match press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 2:52FullscreenBournemouth 1-1 Arsenal: Mikel Arteta post-match press conference is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.And while Nicholas concedes it will be a close match at the Emirates, he is hopeful his former club will come out on top.AdvertisementAdvertisementPredicting a 3-2 victory for Arsenal, Nicholas told Sky Sports: ‘Chelsea are still up and down, with significant class and real quality.‘I touched on it last week, but Willian has been class this season – he was left out and they lose at home to Southampton.‘They are in a better shape organisationally. The movement of Willian, Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic will cause problems. They have nice pace and nice balance, while Jorginho and N’Golo Kante have been good when they have time on the ball.‘What changes do Chelsea have to make? They are very limited to the changes they can make – the three at back worked at Tottenham but did not work against Southampton. There are too many mistakes within the defence. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 28 Dec 2019 1:26 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.3kShares Charlie Nicholas backs Mikel Arteta to get first Arsenal win against Chelsealast_img read more

first_img Press Association A commuter, identified in media reports as Souleymane S, appeared to be prevented from boarding a train by supporters travelling to the Parc des Princes for the Champions League draw with Paris St Germain. Footage captured by a bystander shows Souleymane being pushed back on to the platform amid chants of ”we’re racist, we’re racist and that’s the way we like it”. Writing in the match programme for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Burnley – the club’s annual ‘Game for Equality’ – Terry offered his view on the incident. “Football is a sport for everyone, that is one of the main reasons why we love it, and what happened on the Paris Metro was unacceptable,” Terry said. “The club has reacted quickly to deal with the situation and will continue to do so.” Terry was given a four-match ban and fined £220,000 in 2012 after being found guilty by the Football Association of racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand. Alongside that punishment, the regulatory commission in the case stressed that Terry was “not a racist”. Buck expressed similar sentiments to manager Jose Mourinho, who spoke out at Friday’s pre-match press conference, by saying the club were “disgusted” and “appalled” by the racial abuse, adding that owner Roman Abramovich was also “disgusted”. “Tuesday night was a crossroads for us. Despite there only being a small group of individuals involved, it showed there is still work to be done to eradicate discrimination – in all its forms,” Buck said. “We are determined to do all we can to wipe it out.” center_img Chelsea captain John Terry and chairman Bruce Buck have expressed their anger after a black man was allegedly racially abused by Blues fans in Paris on Tuesday night.last_img read more

first_imgVirgil Van Dijk deserves to win the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year because he managed to lead his team to the finals of the major UEFA competitions of the year in review.I agree that Ronaldo and Messi may score all the goals for their teams but Van Dijk was equally valuable down the other side for Liverpool and the Netherlands.In Liverpool’s most important game against Barcelona in the semi-final, Van Dijk was massive and in the final, he was named Man Of The Match.Between the Champions League and the Nations League, it is quite obvious which one has the most value and that was the one in which Van Dijk was very dominant for his team. Cristiano Ronaldo to me should win that category.Lionel Messi was in typically brilliant form last year, leading Barcelona to a league title, scoring lots of goals and creating more along the way but UCL and international setbacks knock off a few vital points for me.Van Dijk is a fine defender and played a key role in Liverpool’s march to European glory and Holland’s Nations League campaign but you could argue that Mane was a more important player for the Reds and that the Dutch’s rise was largely a team effort.Ronaldo might not have won the Champions League but he was a major reason Juventus got as far as they did. In Serie A, his player of the season award says everything. He was also part of Portugal’s Nations League winning side.For a 34-plus-year-old to still be as influential as Ronaldo was in a new league and for his country as well is phenomenal On Thursday, August 29, the Champions League draw for the group stages will be made but that is not the only major event.The winner for the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year will also be announced on the same day as the group stages draw will be made.The various UEFA award winners will be announced during the draw ceremony in Monaco, including Men’s Player of the Year, Women’s Player of the Year and specific position awards for the men’s game.The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Virgil Van Dijk have all been shortlisted for the award for the best UEFA player of the year.The Argentine skipper, Lionel Messi was the top goalscorer in last season Champions League and the top scorer in all of Europe. He also won the La Liga title with Barcelona in the 2018/2019 season.Cristiano Ronaldo won the UEFA Nations League with Portugal and emerged as the goal king of the tournament.The 34-year-old also won the Serie A with Turin-based club, Juventus in his first season after moving from Real Madrid in the summer of the last season.Among the list of these proven goal machines is the Liverpool centre-back, Virgil Van Dijk of Netherlands.The Dutch defender guided the Reds to Champions League glory and also helped the Netherlands to finals of the UEFA Nations League- a trophy he eventually lost to Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal.He was also instrumental as the Merseyside club came second to Manchester City with just two points.Here is the list of the nominated footballer and in the Champions League, Europa League and the Women’s Champions League:UEFA Men’s Player of the YearLionel Messi, BarcelonaCristiano Ronaldo, JuventusVirgil van Dijk, LiverpoolUEFA Women’s Player of the YearLucy Bronze, LyonAda Hegerberg, LyonAmandine Henry, LyonChampions League Goalkeeper of the SeasonAlisson Becker, LiverpoolHugo Lloris, TottenhamMarc-Andre ter Stegen, BarcelonaChampions League Defender of the SeasonTrent Alexander-Arnold, LiverpoolMatthijs de Ligt, Ajax (currently at Juventus)Virgil Van Dijk, LiverpoolChampions League Midfielder of the SeasonFrenkie de Jong, Ajax (currently at Barcelona)Christian Eriksen, TottenhamJordan Henderson, LiverpoolChampions League Forward of the SeasonSadio Mane, LiverpoolLionel Messi, BarcelonaCristiano Ronaldo, JuventusEuropa League Player of the seasonOlivier Giroud, ChelseaEden Hazard, Chelsea (currently at Real Madrid)Luka Jovic, Eintracht Frankfurt (currently at Real Madrid)With the awards coming up, journalists at Citi Sports shared their thoughts on who they believe deserves the award as UEFA Men’s Player of the Year.Nathan Quao: Daniel Koranteng:Virgil van Dijk scored his third goal in six internationals for the Netherlands (Image credit: EPA)“Virgil Van Dijk should win the award.He was outstanding and even though, we can and probably obsess over Ronaldo and Messi over what they offer in terms of goals, Van Dijk’s impact on Liverpool cannot be overlooked in any way.” Edwin Kwakofi: Bernard Esar Ebo Osei:“I think Cristiano Ronaldo should win the award.Basically, because he once again helped Portugal win an international trophy which in this case is the maiden UEFA Nations League- beating a Van Dijk Netherlands.Yes, he didn’t score 40 goals but he scored 28 goals in like 40 games or more.I feel Juventus were very unfortunate to have been eliminated the way they were eliminated but with Portuguese moving from Spain to Italy, scoring 30-40 goals wasn’t going to be easy.But in all, he still did well and the two trophies should be enough guarantee to make him win.” Fentuo Tahiru Fentuo:I think Lionel Messi deserves it. He had an incredible last year, he may not have won the Champions League last year but if you score 51 goals in 50 games in all competitions for Barcelona, that is a ridiculous return.And when we speak about Messi, the statistics alone don’t do him justice. He basically carries an entire team.Ronaldo didn’t have a great year in terms of his numbers which makes him such an important player.Yes, he won the Serie A with Juventus and scored 28 goals in over 40 appearances and that is not the greatest year of Ronaldo.And Virgil Van Dijk, yes he helped Liverpool concede just 22 goals all season in the Premier League, which in England is the least by any team.I don’t think in Liverpool he is their best player and if you are not the best player in your own team, how then are you the best player in the rest of Europe.last_img read more

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The game was billed as a matchup between the defending league MVP Westbrook and the early season front runner for the award Bucks superstar Antetokounmpo.But unlike Greece’s Antetokounmpo, Westbrook got plenty of help from his supporting cast Tuesday as Paul George scored a team-high 20 points and Carmelo Anthony chipped in with 17.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJeremi Grant also finished with 17 for the Thunder, who shot 49 percent and improved to 4-3 on the season.“I thought we played a great game on offense in the first half,” Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan said. “We really moved the ball well and we generated high-quality shots.” Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Milwaukee struggled to keep pace without him and fell behind by as many as 24 before going into halftime down 60-42.In Los Angeles, Julius Randle came off the bench to score 17 points and lead seven players in double figures as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the red-hot Detroit Pistons 113-93. Kyle Kuzma added 16 points, Larry Nance tallied 14 and 12 rebounds for the Lakers. Reggie Jackson and Tobias Harris scored 18 points each for the Pistons, who dropped to 5-3 on the season. Lakers stop Pistons“I don’t think we are going to play that great every night but it shows that our team is capable of being a very good basketball team when we are playing together,” said Lakers coach Luke Walton.The Pistons were coming off back-to-back wins against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday and the Golden State Warriors on Sunday. The Clippers were the last unbeaten team before Detroit rallied from 13 points down in the third quarter to win 95-87.In Indianapolis, the Pacers also used a balanced scoring attack to crush the Sacramento Kings 101-83 as Lithuanian forward Domantas Sabonis delivered his third double-double of the season with 12 points and a career-high 16 rebounds.Bojan Bogdanovic, of Croatia, scored a team-high 17 points while American Thaddeus Young chipped in 15 for Indiana who improved to 4-3 on the season. View comments The 22-year-old Antetokounmpo led the Bucks but failed to reach the 30-point mark for just the second time this season.Antetokounmpo, who grew up in Athens and is of Nigerian descent, hit nine of 14 shots, including a pair of three-pointers. But Milwaukee shot just 42.1 percent overall as they lost their second game in the last three.“They just played better than us,” Antetokounmpo said. “They were more physical than us. We need to do a better job of being ready, especially against teams like OKC.” Oklahoma City wasted little time setting the tone, using a 16-0 run to jump out to a 20-8 first-quarter lead. Antetokounmpo drew his third foul just a minute into the second quarter and spent the next eight minutes on the bench.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAcenter_img Victor Oladipo, who led the Pacers in scoring each of the first six games, finished with 14 points on four-of-10 shooting. Cory Joseph added 13 points off the Indiana bench.Elsewhere, the Phoenix Suns blew an 18-point lead in the third quarter but made enough timely plays down the stretch to beat the Brooklyn Nets 122-114. Devin Booker scored 32 points for Phoenix, his second 30-point game of the season and the 22nd of his career. The Suns improved to 3-1 since Canadian Jay Triano took over as interim coach, replacing Earl Watson last week. MOST READ Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Giannis Antetokounmpo led all scorers with 28 points but reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook claimed bragging rights as the Oklahoma City Thunder thumped the Milwaukee Bucks 110-91 on Tuesday night.American Westbrook finished just shy of his fourth triple double of the season, scoring 12 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and collecting nine assists for the Thunder in front of a crowd of 18,700 at the Bradley Center arena.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WBC orders rematch of Yamanaka-Nery bout over drug testlast_img read more

first_imgLiverpool striker Salah named Caf African Football Player of the Yearby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Mohamed Salah has been named Caf African Football Player of the Year for the second time in a row.Salah saw off competition from Reds teammate Sadio Mane and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to scoop the award yet again.Salah enjoyed a stellar 2018 as he led the goalscoring charts at home and in Europe.He netted 44 times in all competitions last season.And Salah’s fine form saw Liverpool end up in the Champions League final, which they lost to Real Madrid.Salah also represented Egypt at their first-ever World Cup in Russia. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say PSG star Kylian Mbappe taking Spanish lessonsby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG star Kylian Mbappe appears to be preparing for a move to Spain, it has been revealed.Mbappe is expected to attract a record bid from Real Madrid next summer amid claims in Spain of personal terms having already been struck.And L’Equipe says Mbappe is already preparing for the move by taking Spanish language lessons.Indeed, Mbappe often converses with Neymar in Spanish inside the locker room. Neymar is fluent thanks to his time with Barcelona.Interestingly, it’s also been revealed today that Neymar has never bothered to learn French during his two years in Paris. last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Hodgson warns Crystal Palace fans of daunting fixture runby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRoy Hodgson says Crystal Palace must stay realistic ahead of a daunting fixture run.The Eagles are sixth on the Premier League table heading into the international thanks to Saturday’s win over West Ham United.They will face Manchester City, Arsenal, Leicester City and Chelsea in their next four games.”Things will change,” Hodgson said. “I still fully believe in a championship being a marathon race. It’s nice to start reasonably well and be up with the front runners, but you know you’ve got to keep up that pace and one of the things we don’t have is a big squad.”But if we can keep our heads above water and get to January I hope we can do something about that.” last_img read more

first_imgChelsea duo Kovacic, Ampadu substituted in Croatia-Wales stalemateby Freddie Taylor12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea duo Mateo Kovacic and Ethan Ampadu were both substituted in Wales and Croatia’s 1-1 stalemate on Sunday.Tottenham’s Ben Davies went through the back of Kovacic right on the stroke of half-time, with the midfielder not returning after the break.Three minutes into the second half Bruno Petkovic clattered into Ampadu from behind, with Ampadu quickly being replaced by Joe Merrell.Gareth Bale’s goal cancelled out Nikola Vlasic’s ninth minute opener, keeping Wales’ hopes of qualification for Euro2020 alive. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgTagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Monaco coach Jardim delighted with form of Leicester striker Slimaniby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim admits he’s delighted with the form of Islam Slimani.The striker is on-loan at ASM from Leicester City this season.And Jardim is excited by his new-look partnership of Slimani and Wissam Ben Yedder – both of whom struck in the 3-2 defeat of Rennes.”Ben Yedder-Slimani? It’s a beautiful wedding. One is strength, power and depth. “The other is the technical finesse coupled with a great sense of purpose,” enthused Jardim. last_img read more