About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford players ease talk of Europeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford’s players aren’t getting carried away with their lofty table position.The Hornets’ return to form and a victory at West Ham that lifted Javi Gracia’s men briefly up to sixth made Europe one of the post-match buzzwords again. Watford defender Craig Cathcart said: “Since I’ve come to the club it’s been an uphill scale. We got promoted in the first year and we’ve managed to stabilise ourselves in the Premier League.“We’ve added top-quality players since we’ve been here and it’s just a pleasure to play for the club. Things are going really well.“But we can’t rest on our laurels too much. We need to take each game as it comes because we have a game against Chelsea in a couple of days. We have an experienced squad who have been in England quite a while now. We know we can’t look too far ahead.“Things can change very quick. If you’re not 100 per cent every game then you won’t pick up points. We’ve definitely learned from that the last few seasons.”Troy Deeney also said: “I let everybody else do the ambitions. We know what we have got in the dressing room.”We are not a bad outfit. But we’ve got to keep doing what we’re doing, be a bit arrogant in terms of knowing what we have got, but humble enough to know you have to work hard to win in this league.”
Spurs boss Pochettino not ready to write off Janssenby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham aren’t ready to sell Vincent Janssen just yet.The Daily Mail says Tottenham are set to hold talks with out-of-favour Janssen as they consider letting the striker leave in the January transfer window. Janssen returned from a foot injury on Monday as he played 45 minutes for Tottenham Under 23s in 1-1 draw with Liverpool.Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino will hold talks with striker Janssen this week as the club weigh up whether to sell the Dutchman this month. And the forward could yet revive his flagging Spurs career if he can prove his worth to Pochettino this month. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Newcastle boss Benitez confident Clark and Lascelles injuries not seriousby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez has hopes of injuries for Ciaran Clark and Jamaal Lascelles not being serious.During their FA Cup win at Blackburn Rovers, Lascelles was forced off after just 10 minutes of coming off the bench with a hamstring issue while Clark suffered a knee problem.After the game Benitez said: “We have to assess them over the next couple of days.“Lascelles? I don’t think it is very serious.“We had to make a substitution and we did what we needed to get through. Now it is about getting three points against Cardiff.“Clark went off at half-time with a knock to the knee but we will see if he is fine.“I don’t think it will be serious.“We have to manage the team, manage the squad, but we wanted to win.“You could see the players working hard until the end, with determination to go through.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Davies apologises for Spurs loss to Colchester: We let you downby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur defender Ben Davies has apologised to the club’s supporters after Tuesday’s embarrassing defeat to Colchester United. Spurs were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by the League Two club after losing on penalties.”It’s horrible – it’s a trophy, a good chance to pick something up and we’ve let it slip at the first hurdle,” left-back Davies told Standard Sport.”The manager didn’t need to say anything afterwards. In the dressing room, we were all as disappointed as him. We let him down, we let the club down.”We weren’t terrible. We just didn’t seem to click, didn’t put anything together. We have to win these games. We have to show we’re a better side than this. It’s a tough feeling right now.”We just have to apologise to the supporters, too. We let them down. They travel with us everywhere and they’re first-class. We need everyone behind us now to help us push on through this difficult time.”
BVB chief Zorc pushed about Mourinho rumoursby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Dortmund chief Michael Zorc has denied they’re planning to change coaches.Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been linked with Lucien Favre’s job at BVB.However, Zorc said: “We have had no coaching discussion and lead no coaching discussion.”Zorc’s comments were made before last night’s Champions League defeat to Inter Milan.The goals were scored by Lautaro Martínez (22) and Antonio Candreva (89). TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd midfielder James Garner a target for Preston and Wiganby Paul Vegas21 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder James Garner is a loan target for Preston and Wigan Athletic.Both clubs are ready to make a move for the 18-year-old when the January window opens in a couple of months, says The Sun.Sunderland are also looking at the midfielder as part of their promotion push in League One.Garner has travelled for Thursday’s Europa League clash against Partizan Belgrade in Serbia.But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will weigh up whether he will be allowed out for regular games in the New Year.Alex Neil is willing to take him to Deepdale as he looks to get into the Premier League, while Paul Cook at Wigan is also a big fan of the teenager.
Vinicius Junior has the personality required to thrive at a club like Real Madrid, according to Emilio Butragueno.The 18-year-old enjoyed another fine performance on Wednesday, contributing a goal and an assist in Madrid’s 3-0 home win over Leganes in the first leg of the Copa del Rey last-16 meeting.The Champions League holders will hope Vinicius helps to fill the void left by record goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined Juventus in a €112 million (£101m/£129m) move in July. 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? And club legend Butragueno, who won six La Liga crowns in 11 years at the Santiago Bernabeu, has been suitably impressed by Vinicius.”To play like this in this stadium you have to have personality, especially when you’re a striker,” he told beIN Sports.”We must not forget that he is 18 years old.”Last season, Madrid were stunned 2-1 at home by Leganes and went out on away goals despite having won the first leg 1-0, and Butragueno was keen to guard against another shock in the return fixture next week.”The 3-0 [win] is a great result for a tie, we will not deny it, but in football everything can happen and nothing is final,” Butragueno said.”We will have to make a good game in the return to qualify.”Madrid opened the scoring via Sergio Ramos’ 44th-minute penalty – controversially awarded for a foul on Alvaro Odriozola by Gerard Gumbau.”Of course it was a penalty,” Odriozola insisted. “I fell to the ground because of the foul.”If he hadn’t committed a penalty on me then I could have kept the ball. There was another dubious incident minutes before that, which wasn’t given.”
Mexico’s injury issues aren’t getting any better, with El Tri manager Tata Martino saying Hector Moreno is likely to miss the Gold Cup.The veteran center back attempted a long ball forward in the 35th minute of Mexico’s 3-2 win over Ecuador and immediately went to the ground, calling the trainers over as goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa went over to check on him. Moreno left AT&T Stadium under his own power but did so with a limp. He is set to undergo evaluation Monday.”I think there is a big chance that he’s out of the Gold Cup,” Martino said in his postmatch news conference. 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? Already missing a number of players to injuries and omissions, Martino can ill-afford to lose another player to injury. El Tri already is hoping midfielder Edson Alvarez is able to bounce back from a knee injury suffered in a 3-1 win over Venezuela last week.If Alvarez weren’t fit for the competition, LA Galaxy attacker Uriel Antuna would be his injury replacement. Moreno also would be replaced by Antuna if Alvarez is fit. Only players from the provisional roster submitted can be called in as injury replacements, and Mexico submitted a list of 29 players rather than the full 40 allowed. That means if both Moreno and Alvarez miss the tournament, no healthy field players remain to fill out the group.Martino has more depth at the back than he does in midfield, though. Carlos Salcedo stepped in and played next to Cesar Montes with Nestor Araujo and Diego Reyes also capable of playing at center back – though Reyes may push into the midfield if Alvarez isn’t healthy.Salcedo said after the match that building chemistry is important for whichever center-back pairing ends up getting the nod.”We have to continue to play more minutes together,” he said. “I don’t know if it’s going to be me, Araujo or even Hector if he comes back from the injury. At the end, we have to be focused on what we have and keep our focus on our goal to win the championship.”The 25-year-old is recovering from his own knee injury, suffered during Tigres’ title run. He said he felt good playing Sunday and is hoping to get a healthy dose of minutes during the Gold Cup. While the World Cup veteran is one of Mexico’s top defenders, he said he still needs to put in the effort to win a starting job.”That’s the goal, but I have to work for it. I think that’s the good thing Tata has made. Nobody has his spot guaranteed,” he said. “I think we have to compete every day to see who’s going to be the starter. After that, with all the passion we’ve put into these last three games, we have to manage the same thing now in the official competitions.”
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts to throwing a seven yard touchdown pass during the fourth quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)A report came out this weekend, saying Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was interested in transferring to USC if he had not played in the College Football Playoff national title game. Tagovailoa has since addressed the report.The Crimson Tide rising sophomore quarterback says his comments were taken out of context. He made those comments while speaking to a group of kids and says he “got the wrong end, most definitely taken out of context.”Tagovailoa says that he wanted to play his freshman season and was obviously frustrated that he wasn’t, but he believes it was important to stick it out to produce the best end result.“I called my dad and asked him if my offer to the University of Southern California was still available,” Tagovailoa said. “I wanted to leave. I told my dad I wanted to go to a school where I thought it’d be easier for me and wouldn’t challenge me so much.”Alabama’s 2017 season ended with Tagovailoa leading the Crimson Tide to a national title win over Georgia, so it seems to have produced that result he wanted.You can watch his comments below:WATCH: I spoke exclusively w/ #Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa about report that he would’ve transferred to #USC had he not played in championship. @Tuaamann_ explains comments (made to a group of kids) & says he “got the wrong end, most definitely taken out of context” #RollTide pic.twitter.com/jdgvCFQzhJ— Simone Eli (@SimoneEli_TV) May 20, 2018Alabama has yet to officially settle on a starting quarterback for the 2018 season, though most expect it to be Tagovailoa’s job. He’s competing for it once again with Jalen Hurts.The Crimson Tide open their season on Sept. 1 against Louisville.