Monthly ArchiveOctober 2019

10 months agoLucas Digne enjoying Everton family atmosphere

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lucas Digne enjoying Everton family atmosphereby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton fullback Lucas Digne admits he enjoys the family atmosphere at the club.Despite a hectic schedule of four games in ten days the French defender can’t wait for the madness to start against Tottenham.“It will be my first time playing on Boxing Day! But I’m very happy to be playing over Christmas” says the full back – seen delivering presents to sick children at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool with other members of the Everton squad.“Christmas is about spending it with your family – and Everton is my family. For me, it’s perfect because you can play football and then after you spend the moment with your family.“My parents and my brother are coming to England this weekend and to stay for the holidays.“I feel very good. I’ve been available to play every game and the manager has given me a lot of confidence.“Since I arrived at the Club, my team-mates have been amazing with me. They’ve helped me with my English and to understand everything. When you feel good off the pitch, you can feel good on the pitch.” last_img read more

a month agoWest Ham captain Noble impressed by Aston Villa pair clash

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first_imgWest Ham captain Noble impressed by Aston Villa pair clashby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham captain Mark Noble says it was right Anwar El Ghazi was not shown a red card on Monday night after he clashed with Aston Villa team-mate Tyrone Mings.In an extraordinary incident, El Ghazi pushed his head into Mings in what could easily have been construed as violent conduct during the 0-0 draw.“I didn’t know [El Ghazi] headbutted [Mings], but you do not want to see players getting sent off for a coming together with one of their own players,” said Noble.“It would have helped us out but I do not think something like that should be a red card. “It is nice to see that winning mentality and aggression. I like that and I do not want to take that out of the game.“It is in the heat of the moment and about wanting to win. I think it was Tyrone telling him that he was not doing his job. That is what happens in games.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoRobert Pires urges patience from Arsenal fans for Nicolas Pepe

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first_imgRobert Pires urges patience from Arsenal fans for Nicolas Pepeby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRobert Pires has called for patience from Arsenal fans with Nicolas Pepe.Gunners legend Pires says the club’s record signing needs time to adaptThe Frenchman told Reuters: “With Lille, he was fantastic. Last season he was one of the best players, he scored 21 or 22 goals. He’s a great player.”Now he’s playing for Arsenal in the Premier League and he needs to adapt. It’s so difficult, very tough. So I want to say to the fans you need to be patient with Pepe.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

23 days agoFlamengo veteran Dani Alves: Guardiola a football gift

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Flamengo veteran Dani Alves: Guardiola a football giftby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFlamengo veteran Dani Alves heaped praise on Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.Alves arrived at Barcelona just a day after Guardiola took charge of the club and together they went on to win three La Ligas, two Copa Del Reys, two Club World Cups, two UEFA Supercups, three Spanish Supercups and two Champions Leagues.”I think Pep is a genius,” the right-back told CNN.”A genius that football gave us as a gift, as a coach, as a person. How he got the best out of every player — those that played a lot, those that didn’t play as much — creating a synergy with a lot of respect between those inside the team.”That puts him in a very special position in my life and a very particular position. I think he’s a nonconformist genius, a methodical genius, a perfectionist genius and I think that makes him unique.”Wherever he goes, he can win more or he can win less, but I think a player that works with him will never be the same. Every day is a learning [curve], it’s a class like you were going to college. It’s a discipline because you learn something more.” last_img read more

22 days agoFormer Porto star Pedro Emanuel: Football needs Jose Mourinho back

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first_imgFormer Porto star Pedro Emanuel: Football needs Jose Mourinho backby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Porto star Pedro Emanuel says football needs Jose Mourinho back in work.Mourinho has been available since being sacked by Manchester United in December.Emanuel played for Mourinho at Porto and is now coach of Almeria.He said, “Mourinho impressed me a lot and so did his football. He is a special person, a coach who has taught me a lot in my career and I hope he will return to the bench quickly because this sport needs Mourinho.”My relationship with him, although we have not spoken in recent times, is of utmost respect. During my stage as a player and coach I hold a lot of respect and admiration for him. I can only say good things about Mourinho.”He was important because he changed mindsets and the way we looked at the game for the last 15 years, so he struck me.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

20 days agoBurnley boss Dyche sympathy for Everton over red card

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first_imgBurnley boss Dyche sympathy for Everton over red cardby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche had sympathy for Everton over their red card during the Clarets’ win.Seamus Coleman saw red for the visitors early in the second half following a barge on Dwight McNeil, which followed an accidental, but reckless first half challenge that ultimately forced Erik Pieters out of the game.“Erik is ok, we think,” said Dyche. “I don’t think Seamus Coleman is that type of player, indeed I don’t think there are too many of that type around anymore.“But equally, that first challenge is still probably a red card. On reflection, when you see it, it doesn’t look a good tackle, and even though he hasn’t meant it, the referee’s role is not to decide if it’s an accident, but whether it’s dangerous.“I like a tackle, but once he’s got the yellow for the first, I think the red for the second is inevitable.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

20 days agoChristian Pulisic already considering his Chelsea future

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Christian Pulisic already considering his Chelsea futureby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea winger Christian Pulisic is considering his future.Pulisic may seek an exit in January if he continues to be left out of the side by Frank Lampard, says the Daily Mail. The 21-year-old has been an unused substitute for the last three Premier League games before being omitted from the squad entirely for the Champions League win at Lille. Pulisic joined Chelsea in a £58million move from Borussia Dortmund this summer and immediately impressed in the UEFA Super Cup with an assist in the defeat to Liverpool before starting three of the first four Premier League games. Yet despite setting up another goal in the Carabao Cup thrashing of Grimsby has not featured in the league since August. Pulisic wants to stay and fight for his place under Lampard but will consider his options if he feels he is not being given a fair chance to prove himself. last_img read more

18 days agoEngland coach Southgate insists Chelsea pair Abraham and Tomori in squad on merit

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first_imgEngland coach Southgate insists Chelsea pair Abraham and Tomori in squad on meritby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEngland manager Gareth Southgate insists Chelsea pair Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori are in his squad on merit.The pair have been included in the England squad on merit and not in an attempt to lock down their international futures, Southgate has said.Abraham, whose father is Nigerian, has never been capped in a competitive game for England but has made two friendly appearances for the Three Lions. Abraham’s Chelsea teammate, Tomori, was born in Canada and is also eligible for Nigeria through his parents.”I don’t think it’s ethically right just to give a player a cap to make sure they can’t play for somebody else,” said Southgate. “So, the two boys that are in the squad this time, Fik [Fikayo Tamori] and Tammy, are in on merit. I’m not going to guarantee that they’re going to get on the pitch, but they’ve both been part of our junior system right the way through.”Fik came in a little bit later than Tammy but has been part of the youth team that won the World Cup and as far as we’re concerned, born in England, Tammy, the two boys have been developed through English football, they’re English players and I’m sure they have huge desire to play for England at senior level.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

16 days agoEverton board sticking with Marco Silva

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton board sticking with Marco Silvaby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva is to remain in charge for the clash with West Ham.The 42-year old is under increasing pressure after Everton dropped into the bottom three at the weekend and disgruntled fans have been calling for change, says the Daily Mail.A board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday though Silva is understood to have the support of majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri at least for now.Moshiri and Silva have held a couple of conversations in recent weeks regarding the direction the team is heading and there is a general acceptance that results will have to drastically improve or change will be inevitable.Bookmakers have installed former manager David Moyes as favourite to replace Silva with Manchester City’s Mikel Arteta and Ajax coach Erik Ten Hag also touted. last_img read more

Young trolls Pogba over penalty technique

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first_imgAshley Young has poked fun at Paul Pogba’s penalty technique after the midfielder deployed it in Manchester United’s Premier League win over Brighton.The France international has been ridiculed and criticised in equal measure for his approach to spot kicks, which sees him take multiple small steps in his run up before striking the ball.He has used the technique on a number of occasions this season and took a remarkable 28 steps when he missed a penalty against Everton earlier in the campaign. 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? However, he was successful at Old Trafford on Saturday as his first-half strike gave the Red Devils the lead on their way to a 2-1 victory.Pogba has taken flak from fans and pundits for the style he has adopted, but his team-mates are also getting in on the act, with Young trolling the 25-year-old on social media.Taking to Twitter in the aftermath of the game, the England international shared a photo of himself looking somewhat bemused, with the caption, “Yep. He’s doing that run up again.”Yep. He’s doing that run up again 🤣🤘🏾 pic.twitter.com/Xj8xXUJUhN— Ashley Young (@youngy18) January 19, 2019It’s not the first time the United midfielder has been on the receiving end of a jibe about his penalties from a team-mate.Back in October, after Pogba missed the 28-step effort against Everton, Luke Shaw joked about being able to make a career comeback and sign a new contract in the same time it took the Frenchman to hit a penalty.United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer commented after the game that he would not have used the same technique as the star, but said that he was happy as long as they hit the back of the net.”He’s scored quite a few goals hasn’t he? So if he’s comfortable with it, as long as the ball goes in the net,” Solskjaer told reporters.”I wouldn’t have done it that way, but the way he strikes the ball is good enough.The penalty takes Pogba’s tally for the season to eight goals in 20 league appearances and his overall return in all competitions now stands at 10.last_img read more