Atletico: We’d rather lose Griezmann than Simeone

first_imgAtlético Madrid Atletico Madrid would rather lose Griezmann than Simeone, says club CEO Gil Marin Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 18:02 12/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid Getty Images Atlético Madrid Antoine Griezmann Primera División Transfers The Colchoneros chief insists the Argentine manager’s future is much more important to them than that of any player Atletico Madrid would suffer more from losing head coach Diego Simeone than star forward Antoine Griezmann, according to CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin.Barcelona and Manchester United are again being linked with a bid for Griezmann, 26, who decided against leaving Atletico before the start of the season after the club were hit with a transfer ban by FIFA.Gil Marin has made it clear they will not negotiate the sale of the France international until at least the end of the season and the club have already reported Barca to world football’s governing body over what they consider to be an illegal approach for the player. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, the chief executive believes the future of Simeone – who is under contract at the Wanda Metropolitano until 2020 – is more important than that of any player.”There’s absolutely no doubt that losing Simeone would be a much bigger blow to Atletico than losing Antoine Griezmann,” he told Onda Cero.Diego Simeone Atletico Madrid“Simeone represents the club in his values, his work, his style of play. He represents a football team and no single player represents a team.”Gil Marin also insisted Atleti were not asking FIFA to punish Barca for their Griezmann pursuit, but simply want to be shown “respect” by their La Liga rivals, especially in light of director Guillermo Amor saying that club president Josep Maria Bartomeu may have already met with the forward’s family.”Our relations with Barca are very good but, when someone does something they shouldn’t, we have to defend ourselves,” he said.”Beyond the comments from Guillermo Amor, I’ve spoken with the Barca executives, I’ve spoken with the agents and with Griezmann’s family. It’s obvious there has been contact.”We’re not looking for a sanction against Barca. We’re just looking for respect.”last_img read more

Karius and Mane start for Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool Liverpool team news: Karius and Mane start against Leicester City Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent 22:00 12/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Loris Karius Liverpool Premier League Liverpool v Leicester City Leicester City Jurgen Klopp has made five changes to his starting XI for the final game of 2017 with the Reds next fixture in just 48 hours Loris Karius gets his third Premier League start of the season with Sadio Mane also returning in Liverpool’s hosting of Leicester City on Saturday afternoon.The German replaces Simon Mignolet in goal, with the speedster switching in for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.Those are two of five changes Jurgen Klopp has made to the starting XI with a trip to Burnley to come on Monday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Dejan Lovren comes in for Ragnar Klavan at the heart of defence, Joe Gomez is at right-back with Trent Alexander-Arnold moving to the bench and James Milner replaces Gini Wijnaldum in the centre of the park.Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Gomez, Matip, Lovren, Robertson, Can, Milner, Coutinho, Mane, Salah, FirminoLiverpool subs: Mignolet, Klavan, Alexander-Arnold, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Solanke Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Guardiola issues plea after De Bruyne injury

first_imgManchester City ‘Protect all the players, please’ – Guardiola issues plea to referees after De Bruyne injury Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 01:36 1/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(9) Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City Getty Manchester City Kevin De Bruyne Crystal Palace v Manchester City Crystal Palace Premier League Guardiola The Man City star appears to have avoided a serious injury against Crystal Palace, but his manager was still demanding action after the game Pep Guardiola urged referees to give better protection to all Premier League players after Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne escaped a serious injury from a crude Jason Puncheon tackle on Sunday.City were looking to catch Crystal Palace on the break late on in Sunday’s 0-0 draw, with Ederson saving a Luka Milivojevic penalty just a few moments earlier.De Bruyne released the ball midway through the City half and was caught late by a very strong tackle from Puncheon, who injured himself in the process. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Belgium international was initially carried off the pitch on a stretcher with his leg in a brace, but he was soon seen ambling down the touchline with the support of City’s medical staff.And while it looks as though De Bruyne has avoided a potentially lengthy spell on the sidelines, Guardiola believes more should be done to protect players from unnecessary injuries.  @DeBruyneKev pic.twitter.com/qlo94tb6cF — Manchester City (@ManCity) December 31, 2017 “We were lucky in the recent games, and today we will see,” Guardiola told reporters.”It’s the same, I admire the physicality, but referees need to protect players. That’s all I ask. Hopefully it will not be bad [the injury].”People are talking about diving and about how they [the referees] need to focus on the diving, that’s OK. But not just Man City players, all the players of the league [need protecting].”I know the contact is maybe more allowed here than any other country, that’s OK, but there are limits.”We were lucky against Tottenham with Raz [Raheem Sterling] and Kevin, Newcastle with [Ilkay] Gundogan. And we will see [about De Bruyne].”Maybe it’s just a huge kick, but maybe he will not be ready for the Watford game in two days. Protect all the players, please.”last_img read more

Jones: Man Utd could fail to qualify for CL

first_imgManchester United Jones: Man Utd in danger of missing out on top four Dom Farrell 17:57 1/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) PhilJonesJoseMourinho - cropped Getty Images Manchester United Premier League Everton v Manchester United Everton The defender is concerned that the Red Devils could miss out on qualification for the Champions League Manchester United’s faltering form over the Christmas period has left them battling for a top-four spot in the Premier League, according to defender Phil Jones.Jose Mourinho’s side were held to a third consecutive draw on Saturday, as they played out a goalless stalemate with Southampton at Old Trafford.United head into their New Year’s Day clash at Everton 15 points behind leaders Manchester City and, having dropped to third in the table behind Chelsea, Jones concedes his team-mates should maybe be more concerned by the teams behind them in the fight for Champions League qualification. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “For sure [we are],” said the England international told reporters. “It’s obvious if you look at the table.”But we have to concentrate on ourselves. It sounds so cliche but we need to look after each other, stick together, which is what we will do, and keep going and keep battling.”It’s frustrating for us, frustrating for the fans and everyone involved but there’s no point sitting here and sulking about it.”Former United captain Wayne Rooney will be fit to start against his old club at Goodison Park after overcoming the effects of a virus. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Lallana starts with Salah & Coutinho missing

first_imgLiverpool Liverpool team news: No Salah or Coutinho as Lallana starts at Burnley Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 22:00 1/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Adam Lallana Liverpool Premier League Burnley v Liverpool Burnley Jurgen Klopp has made seven changes to his starting XI at Turf Moor with the Reds playing 48 hours after their 2-1 victory over Leicester Mohamed Salah and Philippe Coutinho sit out Liverpool’s New Year’s Day test against Burnley with Adam Lallana making his first start of the season.The Egyptian has a minor groin niggle having limped off in the 2-1 win over Leicester City, while the Brazilian playmaker nurses a sore thigh with the England international replacing him in the centre of the park.Jurgen Klopp has made seven changes to the XI with Dominic Solanke leading the line and Roberto Firmino held in reserve. Simon Mignolet replaces Loris Karius in goal, with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ragnar Klavan added to the rearguard. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gini Wijnaldum were on the bench in Saturday’s victory, but line up from the off at Turf Moor.Ben Woodburn is named in a Premier League matchday squad for just the second time this season.Liverpool XI GFXBurnley, meanwhile, welcome James Tarkowski back for the first time since before Christmas after the centre-back’s three-match suspension.He replaces Kevin Long in the back four as Sean Dyche’s side look to continue their unlikely push for a place in the top six.Burnley starting XI: Pope, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Arfield, Cork, Hendrick, Defour, Gudmundsson, BarnesBurnley subs: Lindegaard, Lowton, Long, Westwood, Walters, Vokes, WellsLiverpool starting XI: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Klavan, Gomez, Can, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mane, SolankeLiverpool subs: Karius, Robertson, Matip, Milner, Firmino, Ings, Woodburn Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Klavan makes Premier League history

first_imgLiverpool Klavan makes Premier League history with dramatic winning goal for Liverpool Chris Burton 01:20 1/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ragnar Klavan Liverpool Burnley 010118 Getty Liverpool Premier League Burnley v Liverpool Burnley The Estonian scored late on at Turf Moor to snatch all three points, becoming the first player from his country to net in the English top-flight Ragnar Klavan has etched his name into the Premier league history books with a late goal for Liverpool at Burnley.It looked like being a frustrating afternoon for the Reds at Turf Moor as they entered stoppage-time with the game locked at 1-1.Klavan, though, was to have the final say with a dramatic header which snatched all three points for Jurgen Klopp’s side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player In finding the target, the Estonian defender has become the first player from his country to net in the English top-flight.1 – Ragnar Klavan’s goal for Liverpool is the first scored by an Estonian player in Premier League history. New.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 1, 201897 – Estonia become the 97th different nation to have a player score a Premier League goal (excl. OGs). Global. https://t.co/Gr6wfmJE5d— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 1, 2018Liverpool had taken the lead at surprise package Burnley just past the hour mark through Sadio Mane.They were then pegged back in the 87th minute through Johann Berg Gudmundsson.With time ticking away, the Reds found a winner as Dejan Lovren flicked on a free-kick and his centre-half partner stooped at the back post to nod home.A battling victory ensures that Liverpool open 2018 inside the Premier League’s top four, with a New Year’s Day success edging them six points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal – although the Gunners do have a game in hand. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Prso trolls England: They’ll do nothing at WC

first_imgWorld Cup Dado Prso trolls England: They’ll do nothing at the World Cup, as always Chris Burton 01:09 1/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Harry Kane Jordan Henderson England Getty World Cup England Kylian Mbappé Neymar PSG Real Madrid Primera División Ligue 1 The former Croatia international striker expects the Three Lions to flop in Russia, while he has also had his say on Luka Modric and Kylian Mbappe England have been trolled by former Croatia striker Dado Prso ahead of the 2018 World Cup, with the Three Lions told they “will do nothing, as always”.Gareth Southgate’s side eased their way through qualification, with an unbeaten run delivering 26 points and only three goals conceded.England have, however, made a habit of reaching major finals with the minimum of fuss, only to then suffer humbling falls from grace on the grandest of stages. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Ex-Rangers man Prso expects history to repeat itself in Russia, with other leading lights from across Europe set to lead the charge for global glory.He told Vecernji list: “France is favourite, as well as Spain and, of course, Germany.England will do nothing Dado Prso“I don’t believe Portugal can repeat their Euro success and England will do nothing, as always.”Prso was speaking after forming part of the jury which voted Real Madrid star Luka Modric the Croatian Footballer of the Year for a sixth time.That record now places him level with the iconic Davor Suker, and Prso believes the 32-year-old – who will also be in Russia next summer – is one of the finest talents in the business.He added: “Modric is the best midfielder in the world and, together with [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Sergio] Ramos, is one of the most important players at Real.“I am impressed with [Raphael] Varane too, how he is becoming a big player and doesn’t make the mistakes he did before.”Kylian Mbappe PSG LilleVarane will be hoping to help France to World Cup glory at the end of the current campaign, alongside Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe.The 19-year-old has emerged as one of the most exciting talents in world football, but a fellow former Monaco frontman doubts whether he will ever join the elite at the very top of the game.Prso, who spent eight years on the books at Stade Louis II in his playing days, added: “Today I admire PSG, even before Neymar and Mbappe arrived.“They are both exceptional players but I am not sure Mbappe will reach Ballon d’Or level, while Neymar is one step above.“Character is most important and when you have that, along with talent, you have [Lionel] Messi, Neymar or Ronaldo. But to have only one of those two things is not enough.”last_img read more

Liverpool January transfer news LIVE

first_imgTransfers Liverpool January transfer news LIVE: Coutinho pulls on shirt for last time Goal Last updated 1 year ago 03:53 1/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool 17/18 Getty Images Transfers Liverpool Premier League Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Reds as the January transfer window heats up Coutinho has played last game for LiverpoolPhilippe Coutinho has pulled on the Liverpool jersey for the last time as he looks to force a move to Barcelona, according to Spanish outlet  Sport .The 25-year-old is determined not to pick up an injury playing for the Reds, and as a result, will play no part in their January fixtures as he seeks a move to Camp Nou during the current transfer window.Coutinho last played for Liverpool on December 30, as Jurgen Klopp’s side defeated Leicester City 2-1 thanks to a Mohamed Salah double. He then sat out their 2-1 victory at Burnley on New Year’s Day. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Coutinho pushes for record Barca dealCoutinho, LiverpoolPhilippe Coutinho has repeated his insistence to trade Liverpool for Barcelona in a potential deal that would comfortably surpass the British transfer record.Sources close to the No.10 have revealed Liverpool unsuccessfully tried to alter Coutinho’s mind by presenting multiple incentives and a greater wage packet to their highest earner.Read Liverpool correspondent Melissa Reddy’s full story right here! Anderlecht join race for PjacaMarko Pjaca JuventusAnderlecht are keen on taking Marko Pjaca on loan in the January window, according to Belgian media including Le Soir .The Croatia international had been linked with the likes of Tottenham and Liverpool but it appears he could prefer a move to Belgium as he looks to increase his chances of regular first-team football.Lijnders leaves Liverpool for NECHD Pep LijndersPepijn Lijnders has left his post as Jurgen Klopp’s assistant to take over as head coach of Dutch side NEC, the Reds confirmed .The 34-year-old joined the Premier League side in 2014 to take over the Under-16s side and then become part of Klopp’s coaching staff, but has been lured back to his homeland to take on his own side in the second tier.“I’m proud of each day that I could represent [Liverpool] directly and I will give my best to do so in my next chapter. Hopefully they will be proud of me as well,” he told the club’s website as he bid farewell.Klopp shrugs off Coutinho Nike ‘leak’Coutinho, LiverpoolLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said he “couldn’t be less interested in anything in the world” regarding Nike’s apparent leak of Philippe Coutinho’s rumoured transfer to Barcelona.The Brazilian has been linked with the Catalan giants since the start of the season and was not part of the Reds’ squad for Monday’s 2-1 victory at Burnley due to a minor thigh complaint.Read the story in full right here on Goal! Coutinho deal revealed by… Nike?Philippe Coutinho GFXBarcelona are seemingly preparing for the arrival of Philippe Coutinho as Nike appeared to confirm the Liverpool star’s signing on its website on Saturday night.Liverpool fans were left sweating when the giant sportswear manufacturer and Barcelona apparel sponsor appeared to leak the blockbuster transfer via its online store.Read the story in full right here on Goal! Van Dijk: Liverpool perfect for meVirgil van Dijk Liverpool LeicesterVirgil van Dijk has described Liverpool as the perfect match for him after his world-record move from Southampton was finalised.”I am happy to be here and I can’t wait to get started,” Van Dijk told Liverpool’s official website.Read the story in full right here on Goal! Goretzka future not yet sealedLeon Goretzka, Schalke, 17/18Leon Goretzka has not told Schalke that he wants to leave the club, according to the Bundesliga outfit’s sporting director Christian Heidel.Goretzka has been linked with a number of European giants, with Barcelona, Liverpool and Bayern Munich said to have joined the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United in the race for the Germany international’s signature.The 22-year-old midfielder, who starred for his country at the 2017 Confederations Cup, is out of contract this summer and has said that he will make a decision in January.Read the full story right here on Goal! N’Zonzi set for talks amid Premier League interestSteven N'Zonzi SevillaVincenzo Montella considers wantaway midfielder Steven N’Zonzi to be “very important” to his plans at Sevilla and will make discussions with the France international one of his initial main goals at the club.The Frenchman has been linked with moves to Arsenal, Liverpool, Everton and West Ham, the latter allowing him to be closer to his son in London, but Montella harbours hope that he can convince the former Stoke City man to remain in La Liga.Read the full story right here on Goal! Butland favours Reds switchJack Butland StokeStoke goalkeeper Jack Butland would prefer to join Liverpool over Chelsea, reports Football.London .The England international has been linked with both clubs and a £30m offer could be enough to secure his signature.Juventus accused of blocking Pjaca moveMarko Pjaca JuventusMarko Pjaca needs a loan move to boost his playing time ahead of the 2018 World Cup, his agent Marko Naletilic has suggested, with Juventus called upon to stop blocking approaches.Croatia international Pjaca made his comeback from eight months out with a cruciate ligament injury with the Bianconeri’s youth team in November, but is yet to feature for the senior side.The 22-year-old has been heavily linked with an exit from Allianz Stadium, but Naletilic denied he will depart permanently amid reports he could be included as part of a deal that would see Emre Can arrive from Liverpool.Read the story in full right here on Goal! 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Arsenal’s inability to kill games is killing them

first_imgArsenal Arsenal’s inability to kill games will kill their top-four hopes Chris Wheatley Arsenal Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 06:46 1/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(9) Alexis Sanchez Arsenal Chelsea Getty Images Arsenal Premier League Arsenal v Chelsea Chelsea Opinion The Gunners salvaged a point right at the end of an exciting 2-2 draw with Chelsea but they do not look good enough to return to the Champions League Last season, it was uncertainty over Arsene Wenger’ future. This season, it’s uncertainty over Arsenal’s three best players: Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere.It’s easy to blame others when things are going wrong but, in the case of Arsene Wenger’s side, they blew several big chances against Chelsea and looked like a team who were always going to end up paying for any mistakes at the back. And, let’s be honest, defensive mistakes and Arsenal go hand in hand right now.Results against the top six sides will be crucial if Wenger’s side are to have any chance of securing a top-four spot. However, their only win of note against a so-called rival this season was the 2-0 win over their north London rivals Tottenham in the middle of November. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player That performance was clinical and organised yet Arsenal have only won five of their following 12 matches. Dominant, match-winning performances characterised by exciting attacking football are now few and far between at the Emirates – but there’s no doubt that the Gunners once again entertained in north London on Thursday.Jack Wilshere ArsenalHector Bellerin ArsenalThibaut Courtois Chelsea ArsenalThe character and resolve shown to equalise late on after going behind warrants praise. No team has recovered more points from losing positions than Arsenal this season (12) and they proved once again that they possess the character required for salvaging points when you least expect it.It’s also worth noting that there will be questions raised over the concession of a second penalty in two games.The Gunners have now conceded a joint-high four penalty goals in the Premier League this season (level with Watford and West Ham) and given Wenger fumed that the decision at West Brom was a “concerning coincidence”, it was unsurprising that he described the penalty earned and converted by Eden Hazard as “farcical”.But, at the end of the day, Arsenal afforded Hazard and his fellow Chelsea attackers a succession of clear-cut goalscoring opportunities. Of course, Arsenal have their own exciting playmaker in Mesut Ozil, who touched the ball more than any other player on the pitch against Chelsea (105) and he once again exemplified his qualities in a sublime display of technique, balance and assurance in the final third.However, with Arsenal winning just two of their last eight Premier League matches, taking just 11 points from a possible 24, it’s clear that their inability to kill games is going to kill their hopes of a top-four finish. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Everton agree Tosun deal ahead of derby

first_imgTransfers Everton agree Tosun deal as Allardyce hopes for derby debut Iain Strachan 20:09 1/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Cenk Tosun - cropped Getty Images Transfers Everton Premier League Liverpool v Everton Liverpool FA Cup The Toffees boss claims the Turkey international is discussing personal terms as he nears a switch from Besiktas to Goodison Park Everton manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed the club are negotiating personal terms with Cenk Tosun and could finalise the signing of the Besiktas striker before the FA Cup tie against local rivals Liverpool.The Toffees have been urgently seeking attacking reinforcements after struggling in the absence of Romelu Lukaku, who was sold to Manchester United in July.A slow start to the campaign saw Ronald Koeman sacked in October, to be replaced by Allardyce after a month of struggle under caretaker David Unsworth. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Despite an initial upturn in form under the ex-England manager, Everton have scored just once in their last four matches, leaving supporters desperate for Tosun’s arrival to be finalised. Questioned about the status of deal, Allardyce told a news conference: “I think it’s personal terms is the final stage.”After some long negotiation we’ve got to that stage now. So that might happen before the cup. Might even be getting [him] ready before the cup if we’re lucky, but I think there’s a medical to go through so that might be tight. Securing the player is the biggest concern.”Asked if Tosun could even feature on the bench at Anfield on Friday, Allardyce added: “Possibly. [It] depends on his overall fitness. We wouldn’t want to risk damaging him, in terms of he hasn’t trained for a few days. There’s lots of mental energy you burn waiting for the move you want. That assessment will come from the medical or fitness staff.”The former Crystal Palace manager also identified the qualities that convinced Everton to move for the 26-year-old. “Pedigree, really,” he said.”The pedigree that he has. What he has shown, the age he is. We’ve not got that many players in that elite block of age in our squad.”Hopefully he will come to the club and show he is good value for money. If we get the transfer done and he is successful for us by scoring goals it will be an exceptionally good deal for us.”We’ve searched high and low for a long time at the club before I arrived. This one was one we focused on as quickly as we can.”last_img read more

OFFICIAL: Pjaca joins Schalke on loan

first_imgTransfers OFFICIAL: Pjaca joins Schalke on loan from Juventus Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 03:45 1/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) marko pjaca - cropped Getty Images Transfers Schalke 04 Cagliari v Juventus RB Leipzig v Schalke 04 Juventus Serie A Bundesliga The winger will spend the rest of the season with the Bundesliga club in a bid to get his career back on track Schalke have completed the signing of winger Marko Pjaca from Juventus on loan until the end of the season.The Bundesliga side will pay €1 million to the Serie A champions, plus a further €500,000 in bonuses, to bring the Croatia international to Germany.It was reported Schalke were keen to include the option of a permanent transfer in the deal but Juve refused, as they consider his long-term future to be in Turin. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Speaking to Schalke’s official website, Pjaca revealed he sought advice from Benedikt Howedes, who spent his entire professional career in Gelsenkirchen before joining Juventus earlier this year.”He had so many positive things to say about the club and the fans here,” Pjaca said.”The coach [Domenico Tedesco] has told me a lot about his playing style and I like that. Now I’m just hoping for as many games as possible.”IT’S OFFICIAL! @marko_pjaca20 has joined the Royal Blues on loan from @juventusfcen until the end of the season.Welcome to Schalke, Marko #S04 pic.twitter.com/uFTJaM1cBL— FC Schalke 04 (@s04_en) January 4, 2018 “We are glad that Marko has decided to join us,” said Tedesco of a player who was also linked to Anderlecht.”Many clubs were interested in him. He brings another quality to our team.”Marko can be used in a variety of ways. He can play right and left as well as at number eight or in front. He is robust and brings good speed.”Pjaca sustained cruciate knee ligament damage on international duty and only returned in a match for the Primavera side in November. He has not played for Juve’s senior side this season.#Pjaca: “The coach has told me a lot about his playing style and I liked that. Now I’m just hoping for as many games as possible.” #S04 pic.twitter.com/3kQiKvpwoB— FC Schalke 04 (@s04_en) January 4, 2018″Pjaca will be loaned out, he needs to play,” Allegri said earlier this week.”He is a boy who has extraordinary qualities and unfortunately this injury has temporarily stopped his progression.”So he needs to find a team where he can find continuity to return next year in the best condition.”Pjaca joined Juve from Dinamo Zagreb for €23m in July 2016, the Bianconeri winning the domestic double and reaching the Champions League final in his first season in Italy.last_img read more

Pep offers update on contract talks with key trio

first_imgManchester City Guardiola offers update on De Bruyne, Jesus and Fernandinho contract talks Dom Farrell 16:18 1/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Fernandinho Kevin De Bruyne West Brom Manchester City Getty Manchester City Kevin De Bruyne Guardiola Burnley Manchester City v Burnley FA Cup Premier League leaders Manchester City are hoping to see all three players commit to fresh terms, with discussions ongoing at the Etihad Stadium Pep Guardiola admits Manchester City are “so close” to agreeing fresh terms with Fernandinho, while talks with Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus remain ongoing.The Premier League leaders are busy trying to lock down the respective futures of those they consider to be crucial to their plans heading forward.Positive discussions have been held with priority cases, with extensions in the process of being pieced together. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho, who has been rejuvenated under Guardiola’s guidance, is the closest to putting pen to paper, with fellow countryman Jesus and Belgian playmaker De Bruyne also being coaxed towards an agreement.Guardiola told reporters when asked for an update on contract proposals: “My last news is ‘Dinho is close, so close. Gabriel and Kevin, I don’t know.”I think they made the first contacts but I don’t know if it is close.”Fernandinho, a lot of time ago we were handling that so I think it’s at the end.”Pep Guardiola Manchester United Manchester CityWith City having enjoyed an unbeaten start to their domestic endeavours this season, while also making positive progress in Europe, Guardiola hopes that a youthful core of top talent will buy into a long-term project at the Etihad Stadium.He added: “All the young players that we have, the managers [agents] the fathers and mothers all know we would like them to stay with us for a long time.”No doubt we would like to extend Gabriel and Kevin’s contracts. The negotiations are the negotiations and sometimes it is not possible but they know, all of them, that we would like them to continue.”We want to build up something we started 18 months ago with these guys and want to continue with them.”Guardiola has also addressed the issue of his own future, with the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss saying that an extended stay in Manchester will depend on whether he offers enough – through the collection of silverware – to “deserve” a new deal.He said: “I will be here one more year and after that we will see. It depends on whether we win and I deserve to extend my contract.”last_img read more

Coutinho would have been mad to reject Barca

first_imgTransfers Coutinho would have been insane to reject Barcelona dream for Liverpool Ronan Murphy Last updated 1 year ago 16:00 1/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(72) Philippe Coutinho Barcelona Crest Getty/Goal Transfers Barcelona Philippe Coutinho Luis Suárez Liverpool Premier League Primera División Opinion The Brazilian finally realised his dream move with a €160m transfer to Camp Nou, and has made the right choice despite Reds fans’ protests “When I heard about the interest that Barca had in me, it wasn’t a choice for me. I had no doubts, I had to come here. This is what I’ve dreamed of, what I’ve ever wished.””The truth is it’s a dream, it’s a great joy. It is a great club with great players and I will try to adapt as quickly as I possibly can.”Both of these quotes were given to BarcaTV before Luis Suarez and Javier Mascherano made their Barcelona debuts after signing from Liverpool in 2014 and 2010 respectively. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player When Philippe Coutinho talks to the Camp Nou side’s in-house television channel following his club record €160 million transfer, he will undoubtedly share the same sentiment as his predecessors, discussing how it has long been his ‘dream’ to play for the Blaugrana.The 25-year-old’s move to Barcelona was inevitable, even after the transfer window shut in the summer with Liverpool having rejected the advances of the Catalan club. Reds fans knew that the Brazilian would leave for Camp Nou sooner or later, but had hoped that Jurgen Klopp could convince Coutinho to see out the season with the Reds.GFX Coutinho Barca“It is no secret that Philippe has wanted this move to happen since July, when Barcelona first made their interest known,” Klopp admitted after the transfer had been confirmed by both clubs on Saturday evening.”Philippe was insistent with me, the owners and even his teammates this was a move he was desperate to make happen. Despite that, we managed to keep the player here beyond the summer window, hoping that we would be able to persuade him to stay and be part of what we are looking to do.”I can tell the Liverpool supporters that we, as a club, have done everything within our means to convince Philippe that remaining part of LFC was as attractive as moving to Spain, but he is 100 per cent certain his future – and that of his family – belongs at Barcelona. It is his dream and I am now convinced there is nothing left at our disposal to change his mind.”In Iraq .. some one … The first one who burned coutinho’s shirt ,he deserved…The new traitor pic.twitter.com/A4YD2t8rx4— omarqahtan (@omarfowler2006) January 6, 2018On social media, Coutinho was attacked by fans for leaving the club now rather than at the end of the season. His involvement in the Champions League with the Reds means he is cup-tied for Barcelona and can only take part in domestic competition. With Liverpool hoping to win a sixth European Cup and finish in the top four, Coutinho’s early exit has seen him called a ‘snake’ by some supporters, while an Iraqi fan even set fire to his Coutinho shirt.The harsh reality for these supporters is that Coutinho was 100 per cent right to move to Barcelona now, after being denied his dream move last summer. Sure, he cannot win the Champions League this season in Ernesto Valverde’s side, but if he follows the path of Mascherano and Suarez, then continental success will not be far away.Both players won La Liga and the Champions League in their first seasons at Camp Nou, with Suarez helping Barca to a treble following his four-month ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup. Barcelona are currently six points ahead of Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga, and look certain to lift the trophy at the end of the season – giving Coutinho his first league winner’s medal.GFX Coutinho Liverpool StatsDespite 16 games remaining in the Premier League campaign, Manchester City already have the title wrapped up, with Liverpool competing for a top four place. And for all Liverpool’s attacking strength with Coutinho in the team this season, Champions League success is beyond the ability of the current panel of players assembled under Klopp. The Reds have too many failings in defence, and have failed to win in either of their serious European challenges this season, twice letting leads slip against Sevilla – including a three-goal collapse in Seville.Coutinho cannot win the Champions League this season with Barcelona, but he probably was not going to win it with Liverpool anyway. What was really keeping him at Anfield? He played in six different seasons at Liverpool with no trophies to speak of. In just four months from now, he will have won a La Liga medal with Barcelona, and be well integrated in Valverde’s XI in support of Lionel Messi ahead of next season’s Champions League campaign.Coutinho had given Liverpool everything he could and they had no more to offer him. The time was right to join Barcelona, and now he can finally take the step up to the next level as one of the world’s elite players.last_img read more

Arsenal January transfer news LIVE

first_imgTransfers Arsenal January transfer news LIVE: Arsenal & City in Alexis talks Goal Last updated 1 year ago 04:26 1/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Arsenal Premier League Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Gunners as the January transfer window heats up Arsenal & City in Alexis talksManchester City and Arsenal are negotiating the transfer of Alexis Sanchez, Goal can confirm. Arsenal want a fee in the region of £35 million, if they are to agree to the January sale of Alexis to their Premier League rivals.However, with Alexis out of contract at the end of the season, City are optimistic that they can agree a deal worth around £25m. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Read the full story on Goal! Wenger denies Evans bidJonny Evans West BromArsene Wenger has denied making a bid to bring West Brom centre-back Jonny Evans to Arsenal.Former Manchester United defender Evans has been linked with a January move to the Emirates Stadium, with Manchester City also reported to be interested.However, while Wenger is keen to further improve his squad in the January window, he insists he has not made an approach for Evans.Read the full story on Goal! Man Utd to make bid for OzilMesut Ozil ArsenalManchester United will make a move to sign Mesut Ozil from Arsenal in the January transfer window,  The Mirror   claims.The Germany international can leave the Gunners for free at the end of the season, but United will offer them a fee to take him off their hands this month.Gladbach deal Spurs and Arsenal Vestergaard blowRobert Lewandowski Jannik Vestergaard FC Bayern Munchen Werder Bremen DFB Pokal 19042016Borussia Monchengladbach have stated that they do not intend to let centre-back Jannick Vestergaard depart this January.He is wanted by both Arsenal and Tottenham, but manager Max Eberl has declared that the club has no intention of letting him go.“We don’t intend to let anyone go during the winter,” he said.Get the full story right here on Goal! Liverpool won’t make Lemar move in JanuaryThomas Lemar Monaco 2017Despite losing Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, Liverpool not be making a move for Monaco star Thomas Lemar this January, Sky Sports reports.The big-money departure of Coutinho has left a gaping hole in the Reds’ attack, but the report suggests that Lemar will not be filling it, this winter at least.Indeed, Monaco have already insisted that the France international, who is also thought to be a target for Arsenal, would not be leaving the club in January.Southampton confirm Walcott interestTheo Walcott Arsenal 2017Southampton have confirmed that they wish to sign Theo Walcott from Arsenal.”I have been talking about him,” Mauricio Pellegrino told Sky Sports . “He is a good player, but I don’t know with the negotiations, with the market, I imagine that this type of player would have a lot of possibility. For us, it’s not easy.”Read the full story right here on Goal! Mahrez key to Alexis transferAlexis Sanchez Riyad Mahrez Arsenal Leicester CityAlexis Sanchez will be allowed to leave Arsenal for Manchester City only if Riyad Mahrez is bought for the London club, reports The Mirror .A failed deal for Thomas Lemar killed the chances of Alexis moving in the summer, and with Liverpool the front-runners for the Monaco man now, Arsene Wenger has turned his attention to the Leicester City star. Both Sanchez and Mahrez would welcome moves, with the former keen to join back up with former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola. Arsenal set to sign Jonny EvansJonny Evans West BromArsenal are close to reaching an agreement with West Bromwich Albion for Jonny Evans, says  The Sun . Manchester City were also linked with the defender and even made a bid for him in the summer, but it seems the Gunners are now leading the chase for his signature. Arsenal eye up Vazquez moveLucas Vazquez Real Madrid 2017Arsenal want to sign Real Madrid attacker Lucas Vazquez as the replacement for Alexis Sanchez, claims Don Balon .Alexis is desperate to leave Arsenal in the transfer window and wants to join Manchester City now, rather than wait to complete a free transfer at the end of the season when his contract expires.A string of names has been mooted to replace the Chilean, with Madrid’s Vazquez now an option for Arsene Wenger, who feels the Spaniard has the qualities to compensate for Alexis’ departure.Giroud wanted by BesiktasOlivier Giroud ArsenalBesiktas have set their sights on landing Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud as a replacement for Cenk Tosun, reports beIN Sports .The Turkish side have seen their top marksman leave for Everton and are now in the market for a proven successor.Giroud has struggled for starts this season and is eager to find regular football ahead of a possible World Cup quest with France this summer.One of Alexis or Ozil tipped to stay at ArsenalMesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Arsene Wenger, Arsenal, 17/18Former Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista is expecting either Alexis Sanchez or Mesut Ozil to remain at the club.Both players are out of contract in the summer and have been heavily linked with exits but Gabriel is confident that at least one of them will commit their future to the club.Read the full story right here on Goal !’Mavropanos will be an Arsenal success’Stathis Tavlaridis Kostas Mavropanos Arsenal SplitArsenal new boy Konstantinos Mavropanos will be go on to be a first-team Arsenal contender, former player Stathis Tavlaridis told Goal.”He’s a very good player with a big future ahead of him,” Tavlaridis said. “But the most important thing for me is to have a good character and be a humble person if you want to build a long career. Talent is not the only important thing, good character is too.”Mavropanos has the whole package to have a very successful career. I am sure he will go on to play for the first team because he has the personality and quality to make it.”Read Arsenal correspondent Chris Wheatley’s full exclusive right here on Goal! Wenger admits to Arsenal transfer problemsArsene Wenger ArsenalArsene Wenger admits that Arsenal are experiencing teething problems as a new transfer team finds its feet at Emirates Stadium.There has been a major overhaul behind the scenes in north London, with the Gunners eager to ensure that they remain competitive in their recruitment.Read the full story right here on Goal!last_img read more

Madrid & Barca January transfer news LIVE

first_imgTransfers Real Madrid & Barcelona January transfer news LIVE: Neymar to get €50m per year Goal Last updated 1 year ago 00:29 1/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Barcelona Real Madrid Primera División Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Blancos and Blaugrana as the January transfer window heats up Madrid to anger Ronaldo and pay Neymar €50m per year Real Madrid are prepared to make Neymar the highest-paid player on the planet if they can sign him from Paris Saint-Germain, according to Don Balon.Los Blancos would need to part with a fee of €300 million to get PSG to part with the former Barcelona star and then hand him a salary approaching €50m per season.That could set up a conflict with Cristiano Ronaldo who makes €25m per season and wants a new contract. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Ronaldo standing in the way of Neymar moveCristiano Ronaldo Real MadridReal Madrid will wait until 2019 to make a move for Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar, Don Balon claims.Standing in the way of a swifter conclusion is Cristiano Ronaldo, with it said that Madrid are finding it difficult to get the Portuguese, and his gargantuan wage bill, off of their books.As such, Florentino Perez is prepared to wait until 2019 — allegedly when Ronaldo will make a move to Major League Soccer — before making a serious move for the Brazilian.Brandt deal to frustrate Liverpool & BarcaHD Julian BrandtJulian Brandt is open to signing a new contract to commit his future to Bayer Leverkusen despite being linked to European giants including Barcelona, Liverpool and Bayern Munich. Germany international Brandt told Omnisport in October it was an “honour” to be linked with Barcelona , while Bayern hold a long-term interest in the 21-year-old.But, with Leverkusen on track to return to the Champions League after finishing in the bottom half of the Bundesliga last season, Brandt could remain at the BayArena.Read the full story on Goal right here! De Gea ‘very happy’ at Man UtdDavid de Gea Manchester UnitedDavid de Gea has revealed that he is “very happy” at Manchester United despite transfer links with Real Madrid.The Spaniard has long been linked with a move to Zinedine Zidane’s side, who are reportedly ready to try to land the 27-year-old again in the summer, but he remains happy with life at Old Trafford.Read the full story on Goal ! Watford want DeulofeuGerard Deulofeu BarcelonaBarcelona winger Gerard Deulofeu could be heading back to England at Watford, according to RAC1 .The Catalan radio station suggests that the former Everton midfielder is a top target for new Hornets boss Javi Garcia.De Gea set on summer move to MadridDavid De GeaManchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has his heart set on joining Real Madrid this summer, according to El Confidencial .The Spain international reportedly doesn’t want to miss another opportunity to join Los Blancos after seeing a move famously fall through in the summer of 2015.Madrid, meanwhile, still believe they need an upgrade over Keylor Navas between the posts.Kane sets Real Madrid demandsHarry Kane TottenhamHarry Kane has conditions that must be met if Real Madrid are to have any hope of signing him, Diario Gol reports.The Spanish outlet claims Kane would prefer to work under Mauricio Pochettino rather than Zinedine Zidane, with the latter looking likely to be replaced in the summer.Signing Pochettino would go a long way to getting Kane onboard, but it is said that the England striker has no desire to play alongside Karim Benzema or Cristiano Ronaldo, and would ask that the Spanish capital club sell those players before his arrival.Bale tells Real to get AlliDele Alli TottenhamGareth Bale has told Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to go all out for Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli, reports Don Balon .The Blancos have been linked with the England international for some time and could make a move in the summer.Real are expected to be busy in the next window after enduring a testing 2017-18 campaign, and Alli is considered to be a man they need to bring in.Messi urges Barca to sign AsensioMarco Asensio Real MadridBarcelona star Lionel Messi has urged his club’s board to consider a move for Real Madrid attacker Marco Asensio, according to Don Balon . The 22-year-old is considered one of Spain’s biggest hopes for the future, but his lack of game time at the Bernabeu has Messi convinced that Barca can swoop in and steal him away from their great rivals. Messi reportedly has another motive, too: revenge. The Argentine is reportedly upset with Madrid’s pursuit of PSG star Neymar, who just left Barca last summer and is still close with Messi.Ronaldo considers Chelsea moveCristiano RonaldoReal Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is weighing up a move to Chelsea this summer, according to The Sun .Ronaldo is keen to leave Santiago Bernabeu after this season, with the Premier League his preferred destination.Alexis Sanchez’s move to Manchester United, however, has ruled out a return to Old Trafford.Chelsea, though, are said to be keen to take advantage and bring the Portugal captain to Stamford Bridge.Barca face Ruiz competitionFabian Ruiz, Real Betis vs Barcelona, 17/18Inter Milan are hoping to beat Barcelona to the signing of Real Betis midfielder Fabian Ruiz, claims Calciomercato.com .Reports had suggested Barca have already agreed a deal to sign Ruiz, who has a €15 million release clause in his contract.But with Betis hoping to raise that figure to €30m, Inter are aiming to step in and pip Barcelona as well as Serie A rivals Napoli and Roma to the capture of the 21-year-old.Barca close in on ArthurArthur Melo GremioBarcelona are closing in on a deal to sign Gremio midfielder Arthur Melo, according to Marca .The Blaugrana have already brought in Philippe Coutinho and Yerry Mina during the January transfer window, but Ernesto Valverde is keen to bring in Arthur before the end of the month.last_img read more

What We Learned from Oklahoma State’s Win over Texas

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. A lot happened on Saturday in Austin. We’re still trying to sort through a lot of it. Here are a few things we learned in Oklahoma State’s 30-27 win over Texas.Porter1. Grogan’s Got thisTo steal one of OKC Dave’s legendary hashtags (#grogangotthis), we’re sort of underrating what “the kicker” as Gundy calls him did on Saturday. The tie and the win from 40+ both times? That’s impressive at any point but for the much-maligned Grogan on the road in a heated game in 93 seconds? I was really impressed. Gundy was too.AdChoices广告#okstate slips by Texas 30-27 thanks to this FG by Ben Grogan pic.twitter.com/cGrh00bmZX— Dekota Gregory (@dekotagregory) September 26, 2015“It was a good call by Rob Discher and really proud of Ben Grogan,” said Gundy. “He may be the only kicker in college history to have to make a field goal after a delay of game with 23 seconds to win the game.”I think Gundy got his kicks mixed up but at least he’s proud of him.“I was proud of him for rallying,” said Gundy.2. The golden boy has a few pimplesI am (and will continue to be) his loudest supporter, but Mason Rudolph showed what seven-games-into-your-career quarterbacks are supposed to look like on Saturday. I’d noticed the high throws throughout the first three games, but I’d presumed they’d be fixed by the time Austin rolled around.Thankfully, he’s got an incredible defense he can lean on early in his career. That won’t always be the case.3. Marcell Ateman has gone from overrated to underratedHow about that? Ateman quietly led the team in receiving and hauled in all four of his catches for 69 yards in the second half. They were all huge but this one was especially delightful.Each receiver is sort of settling in to his own role and it’s good to see Ateman finally (probably) fulfill his wild talent.Boone4. Vincent Taylor can hold his ownTaylor burst onto the scene in spring ball, and had an impressive spring game that got his campaign off to a hot start. Through three games, he was good, albeit against lesser competition. But Taylor proved that he can excel in Big 12 play on Saturday, and his emergence at the defensive tackle position couldn’t come at a more opportune time.5. The return game will take timeTrue freshmen McCleskey and Carr have yet to make any big breaks in the return game – yet. Youth at these positions are experiencing some growing pains, but both kids are more than capable of developing into big-time playmakers.last_img read more

Is Jeff Carr Going to Start on Saturday for Oklahoma State?

first_imgChilds out w/ injury, Carson could play but not 100 percent, Carr the starter for #Okstate— Gerald Tracy (@GTracySports) October 1, 2015AdChoices广告Carr is averaging 5.1 yards per carry for the Pokes this season; a number that can be deceiving, considering he has only carried the ball 10 times. As a senior, Carr rushed for 1,710 on 179 carries and helped lead his team to a state championship with Temple, Texas.Carr turned heads in fall camp and earned a spot in the running back rotation, as well as the starting job as the starting kick returner. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. After Chris Carson suffered what was an apparent ankle injury in Austin last weekend, Rennie Childs appeared to be the back that would jump in as the lead back. This morning the Orange Factor Twitter account noted that Childs had suffered a concussion in practice and has been ruled out.Now Gerald Tracy of Cowboys Ride For Free is reporting the same thing and saying that true freshman tailback Jeff Carr will make his first start for the Cowboys. This has not been confirmed by the OSU staff, but that’s a lot of chatter suggesting that Carson is still gimpy and Childs may be out indefinitely for it to not be true.last_img read more

The 11 Best Quotes from the Oklahoma State-Kansas State Game

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. OSU won a wacky, fun game in Stillwater on Saturday. Here’s what everyone had to say about it.Mike Gundy on the defense“I thought the most important thing about this game was the adjustments made by our defensive staff after halftime. We couldn’t slow them down in the first half, but we made some really good adjustments at halftime. That gave us a chance to win the football game.”Mike Gundy on his squad“I’m proud of our team. We’ve got a lot of work to do, and we’ve got a long way to go. I want them to embrace the moment, enjoy the win and come back ready to prepare for the next game tomorrow.”AdChoices广告Mason Rudolph on his week“I knew that I had to have a great week. I feel like I underperformed last week and had to respond. A lot of people in this organization came around me and encouraged me to say, ‘hey, screw everybody else. Work hard this week. Every throw, every rep, get the most out of it. Prepare to the best of your ability.’“That’s what I tried to do.”Glenn Spencer on fragility“When everybody is telling you how you are, you realize how fragile this is from being a good defense to just poor. That’s how quick it can happen. Our guys got that. So it was a blessing they got that lesson because you can’t talk to them about it. They have to live it. And then to come out with a win because of it or in spite of it.”Mike Gundy on Rudolph throwing it 55 times“We had a feeling that we would have to throw the ball about 50 times. One, we were playing with a true freshman at running back. Two, we were playing arguably the best run defense in this league, maybe even top 10 in the country. We just didn’t feel like we could beat our heads against the wall, and we knew we had to throw it.”Mike Yurcich on QB1“He has the ability to get the job done. Don’t get me wrong, we’re not saying he’s a finished product and the next coming. There’s still a lot of work and we’re going to work come Sunday, but he’s a great kid to be around. He accepts a challenge, and obviously you saw him today perform very well.”Mike Yurcich on his receivers and OL“We knew they were very stout, and we feel our strength is our receiving core. And our offensive line did a heck of a job protecting today, I mean a heck of a job, and they deserve a lot of credit. They don’t get enough credit. Especially after today’s performance.”Ben Grogan on his OL and why he missed that PAT“It was protection, but we got it corrected. The line was great the rest of the game; it was just a minor thing they had to fix. I’m not sure, it’s not my expertise, but it was just a little protection hole.”Bill Snyder on Mason Rudolph“Well they were 8-of-9 in the first half. That made it a one-score ballgame for the most part. Not very good for us. They did a nice job. The youngster did a nice job of throwing the ball, and the receivers did a nice job getting up for it. We didn’t compete very well for them, and that was it.”Bill Snyder being Bill Snyder“They had some injuries as well at the running back position. It was evident after a while that they probably were not going to run the ball as much. We made them left handed, but we couldn’t do anything about. That’s taking nothing away from Oklahoma State because [Rudolph] can throw it, and they can go up in the air and catch it. They’re a good pass-offense team.”Mike Gundy on QB1“His poise has been good from day one. Last week at Texas, there were some times when he could have been flustered, but he didn’t. Today was fine. He’s a work in progress and he’s young, but I think he’s getting some good experience now. As he moves forward, hopefully he’ll continue to get better. He’s showing some toughness, some grit and the willingness to fight and win.”last_img read more

Is Oklahoma State Going to Start Throwing More Now?

first_imgFor the second time in 2015 (and just the eighth time in the Mike Yurcich era), Oklahoma State threw it more than it ran in a single game. By a lot, actually. OSU threw it 55 times and ran just 27 for a differential of 28 against Kansas State.The previous largest margin was 15 (against Kansas State in 2013).And it worked. Barely .. but it still worked. So … is this going to be the new plan? Let your phenomenal QB1 do his thing?Don’t bank on it.“I don’t think you look into a crystal ball and say this is what we have to do X amount of times,” said Yurcich after the game. “You see how the game is going, and we knew their strength was their front. We knew they were very stout, and we feel our strength is our receiving core.”AdChoices广告Wait …did you catch that?Yurcich does realize that OSU’s receivers are the deepest and most impressive part of his offense. I’m not sure if this makes it more or less infuriating when OSU runs it 40 times a game for 2.1 yards. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Anyway, he kept going.“And our offensive line did a heck of a job protecting today, I mean a heck of a job, and they deserve a lot of credit. They don’t get enough credit. Especially after today’s performance. It was great to see those guys compete and do a great job so I’m extremely happy for those guys and you just have to go with the flow from a run-pass standpoint, and the pass was working so we stayed with it.”It seems like the combination of both RBs being out and Kansas State having a great run defense led to all those throws, not some change in philosophy. In fact, Gundy noted that after the game.“One, we were playing with a true freshman at running back,” said Gundy. “Two, we were playing arguably the best run defense in this league, maybe even top 10 in the country. We just didn’t feel like we could beat our heads against the wall, and we knew we had to throw it.”I actually do want Oklahoma State to run it. Or I want them to be good enough to run it. They have a better record in the Gundy era in games when they run it more than they pass it. It’s only slight, but it matters. Their plan, and it’s a good one because they have a great defense, is to run it.What I don’t want them to do is to be so adamant about whatever the game plan was for that week or that season that they’re unwilling to toss the thing off the top of the stadium and freelance a win like Todd Monken did in 2011 at Texas A&M. “Beating your heads against the wall,” as Gundy said. Yurcich seems like he’s open to at least entertaining the idea that freelancing can get Ws.What Saturday proved is that OSU can win a conference game when they have to throw it 60 times in a game. Contending at the top of the league will absolutely come down to a two-month race against time to make the run game woes at least average, but at the very least, you know you have a really good backup plan if things go awry.The other thing it might have proven to the rest of the league is that you can’t just load up against the run and let Mason Rudolph beat you (because he will). Mike & Mike have been complaining all season about how much teams have sold out against them to stop the run. Maybe two ill-timed injuries to your best running backs inadvertently loosened that up for the rest of the season.Or at least I hope it did. Because I’m not sure how they’re going to solve it otherwise.last_img read more

We Need to Talk about Emmanuel Ogbah

first_imgEmmanuel Ogbah is currently having one of the best seasons by a defensive end in Oklahoma State history. That’s not hyperbole either.Bill Haisten laid out the numbers here, but Ogbah (6.5 sacks so far his season) is probably going to challenge the single-season sacks record currently held by Leslie O’Neal at 16. He’s certainly going to threaten the top five for a single year.1. O’Neal (16)2. Gary Lewis (14)3. Greg Richmond (12.5)3. Jason Gildon (12.5)5. O’Neal (12)“I’m aware of (O’Neal),” Ogbah told the Tulsa World. “I like breaking records, so I actually have that in my mind.”Ogbah is currently in the top five both in the Big 12 and nationally when it comes to sacks and tackles for loss per game on the team in the country that’a better at it than anyone.All this while being double and triple-teamed and remaining the focus of opposing offense. It’s incredibly impressive.NationalScreen Shot 2015-10-08 at 8.48.57 AMScreen Shot 2015-10-08 at 8.48.37 AMBig 12Screen Shot 2015-10-08 at 8.47.57 AMScreen Shot 2015-10-08 at 8.48.19 AM“He’s in a difficult situation, to be the age he is and be a potential 1st round pick,” said Mike Gundy earlier this week. “You know, the value of his future, and to be able to be able to set that aside and practice and perform and give some leadership skills like he has is very rare.”What abut on a technical level?“When he gets going, coming around the corner, he’s pretty good. His best years are ahead of him. He really didn’t start training until he got here with (strength coach Rob Glass).”Like this?“His best years are ahead of him. When he’s 24-25-26 years old, he’s really going to take off,” noted Gundy. “He looks like one of those guys that makes people think, ‘Why would you want to play quarterback in the NFL?’”That’s high praise from Gundy, but Ogbah is worthy. If you look back at the way other teams handle OSU’s defense, you can tell everything hinges around No. 38. He’s lived up to the hype so far. OSU’s slim Big 12 title hopes might rest upon how much more he can bring. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more