Pundits criticise Chelsea plan to sign Coutinho

first_img “Chelsea have Mason Mount there and a lot of trust has been given to the young players who are coming through at Stamford Bridge. The way Chelsea have been going for the last year or so, I just don’t see them going to spend £79m on a player. “Coutinho is talented, but why would you want to risk preventing someone like Mount, who is going to be a top-class player, having the opportunities himself?” read also:Rodgers joins Man Utd interest for Coutinho Chelsea, meanwhile, find themselves with a clearer path to sign a €60m striker after Liverpool surprisingly walked away from the deal. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?Probably The World’s Most Beautiful Ceilings!10 Irresistibly Cute Albino Animals That Will Make You Day10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearTV Characters Who Hated Each Other But Later Became Friends Loading… center_img All things considered, it appears that Coutinho looks most likely to sign for Chelsea this summer, although Newcastle – whose pockets look set to be swelled by their new owners – cannot be discounted either. Bayerrn ace Continho costs £563,000 per 90 minutes. A prospective move to Chelsea, however, has been blasted by Gary Neville, who offered this stinging seven-word critique of their plans to recruit the Brazilian. And Neville’s fellow pundit Jamie Redknapp has also expressed his concerns at the deal, especially when it comes at a time when the Blues have just started to finally give some of their homegrown talent the chance to shine. “I don’t see this [Coutinho to Chelsea] as a goer, it’s an awful lot of money,” Redknapp told Sky Sports’ The Football Show. “Coutinho is a super-talented player but he doesn’t get enough goals.Advertisementlast_img read more

Moyes laments ‘scandalous’ decision

first_img Press Association The winger suffered a bang on the left shoulder as he tumbled to the ground, yet Webb remained unimpressed, rejecting United’s penalty claims – much to Moyes’ disgust. “It was scandalous,” said Moyes. “If you follow through on a player anywhere else on the pitch with your foot high, it would be a sending-off and a red card. You couldn’t do that anywhere else. “The goalkeeper comes out, Ashley Young gets the ball before him and he follows through. “It’s an incredible decision which didn’t go our way, in fact probably the one of the worst I think I saw.” Moyes’ fury was compounded by Adnan Januzaj being booked, seemingly for diving, for the third time this season, even though the challenge from Danny Rose which preceded the fall was a pretty firm one. “Have you seen that decision? That is a terrible decision,” said Moyes. “Adnan has got bumped. The boy has tried to edge him off the ball.” In addition, United felt Spurs could have been reduced to 10 men when Lloris appeared to handle outside his own area early on. On that ruling, Moyes was more forgiving. He rejected the notion that Webb may have been overcompensating for claims on social media – totally unfounded – that the South Yorkshire official is a United fan. “I don’t know anything about that,” said Moyes. “All I can tell you is that (Lloris’ challenge on Young) is a stonewall penalty kick. “If that isn’t given a penalty kick, I don’t think we will get any more in the league this season.” Clearly, Moyes feels referees’ chief Mike Riley needs to step in. “It is reckless, it is late, it is in the penalty box,” said Moyes. “I don’t know what else you can say. “You’d hope the people who put the referees out there would have a look at it and see if they think the referees are doing as well as they can be.” The row can only partially obscure a fourth home defeat of the season for United, the quickest they have achieved such a sorry position since 1986. Despite dominating possession, chances were hard to come by and Emmanuel Adebayor put Tottenham ahead with a precise header before the break. Antonio Valencia’s limitations as a makeshift full-back were exposed by Christian Eriksen after half-time and although Danny Welbeck pulled one back almost immediately, the equaliser would not come as United dropped to seventh, leapfrogged by their opponents. “I am not frustrated,” said Moyes. “I thought we played really well. “Today was a defeat of course, but we deserved to win, or at worst draw.” Wayne Rooney completed the full 90 minutes despite looking some way short of match fitness as he manages a groin problem that may mean him sitting out further games after missing Saturday’s trip to Norwich. “If I could (rest him), I would,” said Moyes. “But the games are coming thick and fast. “He has missed a couple with his groin and may well miss some more in the games coming up.” It now seems impossible for United to retain their Premier League title, with even fourth-placed Liverpool five points ahead. With FA Cup and Capital One Cup matches against Swansea and Sunderland to come, United at least do have a break from the rigours of a Premier League campaign they have found so troublesome. Yet Moyes insists the latest setback will not affect his January transfer window plans. “The result today would never have any effect on what we do, whether in January or the summer,” he said. “It wasn’t our day but it won’t change the way we go about our business.” If, after a run of six successive wins, it was a case of two steps forward and one back for United, Tim Sherwood’s honeymoon period at White Hart Lane continues. Spurs have collected 10 points from a possible 12 over the festive period, providing the perfect platform to head into Saturday’s FA Cup showdown with Arsenal. And Adebayor is a man transformed, scoring four goals in five games since being brought in from the cold by Sherwood after his exile under Andre Villas-Boas. “We know he is one of best in league and when he performs as he is at the moment he’s almost unstoppable,” said Sherwood. “I have no reason to believe he won’t keep it going. “He’s massively important to us. He seems happy in himself and wants to play every minute. “I am amazed (how quickly he has reintegrated) because he’s not had too much of a pre-season either.” As Sherwood noted, it makes Adebayor susceptible to injury and the Togo forward was carried off immediately after Welbeck’s goal, apparently with an acute case of cramp. “It’s always a danger you’re going to break down and I hope he’s not too badly injured,” said Sherwood. “He’s got ice on every part of his body so we’re not sure which (part) is hurting him more.” Adebayor is making a vital contribution at a time when Tottenham’s resources are stretched by a crippling injury list, which includes Jermain Defoe, with reports also linking the England star to Major League Soccer. “I have heard nothing regarding Jermain,” said Sherwood, who added that his preference would be to get over the short-term personnel shortage by using younger players rather than buying new ones. “When we have got everyone fit, we don’t need any players,” he said. “We have to assess how long some of them are going to be out, because no-one is going to want to come for three weeks. “You have to give these guys long-term contracts, so unless it was someone who was going to make the squad better, I’d rather go with the kids.” Sherwood is making a positive impact after the problems Villas-Boas encountered. And he is having good fortune as well given his refusal to make any apologies for what he admitted should have been a penalty when Lloris went in on Young. “At the time I thought it was a penalty,” he said. “It’s one of them that could go either way but if we have got away that one I’m pleased because I remember coming here with Harry (Redknapp). We were 2-0 up at half time and (Heurelho) Gomes made a save, he quite clearly played the ball first but they got a penalty. “They even themselves out.” David Moyes branded referee Howard Webb’s decision not to award a penalty and send Hugo Lloris off for a challenge on Ashley Young during Tottenham’s 2-1 win over Manchester United as “scandalous”. United were desperately searching for an equaliser at Old Trafford when Lloris came racing out to meet Young, who had charged into the area. Young got to the ball first, sending an effort towards goal, but was then forced to leap above Lloris to avoid being clattered by the Frenchman. last_img read more

Volleyball: Badgers cruise to sixth straight Sweet 16 with wins over Green Bay, Pepperdine

first_imgAfter receiving a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Tournament, the University of Wisconsin volleyball team had to defend home territory two more times to stay alive in the big dance. The Badgers did so by taking down UW-Green Bay and Pepperdine over the weekend to advance to the Sweet 16.Their first battle came against in-state rival Green Bay Friday night. The Badgers got off to a quick start, jumping to a 10–5 lead before Green Bay called a timeout to think of a way to shut down Dana Rettke and company in the front row. But whatever Green Bay tried to do to disrupt a near-perfect Badger offense didn’t work. The Badgers rolled to a 25–9 opening set win without a hitting error through the set.The Badgers started out the second set cold, dropping the first five points to Green Bay. After a rally, the Badgers reclaimed the lead 7–6. The score would stay close throughout the whole set, but it took a couple extra points for the Badgers to win by two. After both defenses caused some long volleys, the second set ended in the Badgers’ favor 27–25.Volleyball: Wisconsin to take on UW-Green Bay in first round of NCAA TournamentThe No. 6 University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team (22-6, 15-5 Big Ten) is preparing to take on UW-Green Bay Read…“I liked how our mentality was just kind of staying with it,” head coach Kelly Sheffield said when asked about the team’s response to the second set.The third set went more as Wisconsin had planned as they got off to another great start leading 9–2. Molly Haggerty tacked on three more kills to put her at a match-high 10 kills on the night. With the help of both Haggerty’s offense and defense, Wisconsin opened the tournament with a clean sweep, earning a 25–15 third set victory.Haggerty led the Badgers in both kills, with 10, and digs, with 15. Tiffany Clark also had 15 digs in a defensive battle of liberos. Rettke and Tionna Williams both stuffed five blocks, and Sydney Hilley had 36 assists.The next Badger opponent came Saturday as the Pepperdine Waves, who beat the Northern Iowa Panthers in a four-set battle Friday night, visited Madison.A Clark ace and back-to-back Haggerty kills established an early lead for Wisconsin in the first set. The rally continued for the Badgers with Grace Loberg getting a kill on four of the next six Wisconsin points for a 25–16 set win.The next set was all Badgers and then some. Williams, stepping up in her last home game as a Badger, recorded back-to-back kills to put Wisconsin up 7–4. Thanks to another impressive night from Haggerty, the Badgers cruised to a 25–15 second set win.Volleyball: Wisconsin closes out regular season with critical road victories against Rutgers, Penn StateThe No. 8 University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team (22-6, 15-5 Big Ten) wrapped up their regular season with an Read…With their backs against the wall and their season on the line, Pepperdine dug deep and fought with everything they had left. The amazing serving team found their niche as Blossom Sato and Hannah Frohling served an 11–1 rally, helping force a fourth set with a 25–15 third set win.But the Badgers were looking to bounce back on their path to yet another Sweet 16. The team quickly put set three behind them and came back out to dominate in set four. With more great hitting from Loberg and Haggerty, the Badgers packed their bags for the next round with a 25–12 match-winning set.Leading the way for the Badgers was Williams with 14 kills. She received a standing ovation from the Badger crowd as she exited the UW Field House for the last time.“It was just incredible, the amount of support I have had over the four years being here. Going to the Sweet 16 with my teammates again is just incredible,” Williams said.Sydney Hilley had a big night leading in both assists and digs, recording 48 and 19 respectively, and recording six blocks alongside Rettke.The Badgers advance to the Sweet 16 for the sixth year in a row. They will take on the University of San Diego in Illinois Friday at 1:30 p.m. The game will stream online through ESPN3 with live stats at UWBadgers.com.last_img read more

Blatter to defy FIFA ban to attend World Cup, meet Putin

first_imgThe 82-year-old was suspended for six years by FIFA in February 2016 from any football-related activity over a 1.8-million-euro ($2mln) payment to Michel Platini.Blatter was replaced at the head of FIFA by Gianni Infantino.Despite his ban, Blatter has on several occasions said he would respond favourably to an invitation from Putin to come and see the World Cup in Russia.Contacted by AFP, FIFA said it had no comment on Blatter’s trip, the Swiss national slated to fly to Moscow Tuesday ahead of Wednesday’s Portugal-Morocco Group B match in the Russian capital.He was also scheduled to attend Brazil’s Group E match against Costa Rica in St Petersburg on Friday before returning to Switzerland.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sepp Blatter due to defy ban and attend two World Cup matches and meet Russian President Vladimir Putin © AFP / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEVLAUSANNE, Switzerland, Jun 18 – Disgraced former FIFA chief Sepp Blatter will defy a ban to attend two World Cup matches and also meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, his spokesman said Monday.Blatter is being investigated by Swiss prosecutors for alleged corruption during his 17-year reign at the head of FIFA.last_img read more

Leicester will not be crowned champions this weekend, insists Louis van Gaal

first_img1 Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal Manchester United can postpone Leicester’s party but not spoil it, according to Louis van Gaal.The Foxes travel to Old Trafford on Sunday where victory would give them a stunning first Premier League title.But United are also desperate for three points to close the five-point gap to Arsenal and Manchester City as they chase Champions League qualification.Van Gaal’s side have finally found some consistent winning form, claiming victory in six of their last seven matches to keep the pressure on in the league and reach the FA Cup final.Leicester are unbeaten in nine and the United boss has no doubt that they will end up lifting the trophy, with games against Everton and Chelsea still to come.He said: “I think we have to beat them because we are still in the race for fourth position. We cannot allow that they are the champions this weekend at Old Trafford.“I think they shall be the champions a week later. We don’t spoil the party, only postpone it a little bit.”Leicester’s remarkable season has stunned football, but Van Gaal insisted the Foxes’ exploits have not been a total shock to him.The Dutchman praised his opposite number Claudio Ranieri, whom he first battled against when the pair were at Barcelona and Valencia respectively in the late 1990s.Van Gaal said: “It was always difficult to beat his teams. He has always organised his teams very well.“I was the first that said that they could be the champions. For me it’s not any surprise. I’ve seen it many times and I believe in team building and this manager has done that with this team.“Of course they had the circumstances to play always with the same team, they didn’t play so many matches as the other teams in the Premier League, so it is always possible.“They have confirmed it and I think it is also good for the Premier League and for the sport of football that not always the same teams are the champion.”last_img read more