About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Benitez: We need miracle for survivalby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRafa Benitez has admitted Newcastle will need a “miracle” to avoid relegation this season. Toon are currently 15th on the table, five points ahead of the drop zone.Benitez said: “We have to be realistic and understand that we will be in the bottom half during the whole season.”For me, it is almost clear and if we can be better than three teams, it will be another miracle.”It was a miracle last year. People were thinking, ‘Oh, you finished 10th…’, but with a couple fewer wins, we could have been in the bottom five, so it was a miracle.”If we do the same this year with teams spending even more money than last year, it will be a miracle.”
Juventus forward Ronaldo: I’m not obsessed with individual awardsby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo denies being obsessed with individual awards.Ronaldo says he doesn’t live to break records and leaving the national team was his decision, although he will return in 2019.”I’m not obsessed with individual prizes,” said Ronaldo. “The important thing is helping the team, always, and therefore the rest arrives naturally.”I don’t hide that I’m happy when I win but it’s not the end of the world if it can’t happen.”He added that “leaving the national team for a while after the Russia World Cup was the best decision” although he said he would be ready to come back in 2019. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
West Ham’s two goal Arnautovic hails spirit for Brighton drawby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham’s two goal Marko Arnautovic praised their team spirit after drawing 2-2 with Brighton.But the 29-year-old was disappointed he and his teammates could not take the win in Wednesday’s match but was satisfied with how the side fought back from going behind. “I’m very pleased that we’ve come back from two goals down,” Arnautovic said. “I think we didn’t play the football we wanted to play and we know that Brighton are a threat from set-pieces. We lost two goals from set-pieces but we kept believing. After those two goals, it was a good performance. “I don’t know what we started so late but we started to play good football, started to attack and press them high, and scored two goals. I think we had some chances to win the game but we couldn’t take them.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Cardiff striker Gary Madine explains Sheffield Utd moveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City striker Gary Madine insists he’s happy to move to Sheffield United on-loan.The 28-year-old was with United’s city rivals Sheffield Wednesday between 2011 and 2015.In February 2017, Blades boss Chris Wilder accused Madine of “a lack of respect” after the forward was filmed criticising striker Billy Sharp.Madine has failed to score in 20 appearances for the Bluebirds.He told the Sheffield United club website: “There were other teams interested, but believe it or not when I knew Sheffield United was interested, I was buzzing and jumped at the chance.”I’ve played with some of the lads and against them too, I was dying to make the move happen.”Some people have this perception I don’t like Sheffield United, but that’s not true. I’ve had over 20,000 supporters booing me when I’ve played here before, it’s an intimidating place to come and some players would crumble.”But I’ve always thought I wouldn’t mind being part of that and it is certainly a club on the up, one who play some excellent football.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say DONE! Hudson-Odoi delighted to sign £180k-a-week Chelsea extensionby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCallum Hudson-Odoi has officially signed a new five-year contract with Chelsea.After year-long negotiations, the 18-year-old winger has signed a £150k-per-week, but with performance add-ons could end up totalling £180k-per-week.”It’s an amazing feeling,’ Hudson-Odoi said. “It’s been a long wait but it’s done now and I’m really happy about that. I’ve been a Chelsea player since I was eight and this is the right club for me to be at.”I want to lift as many trophies as possible, win as many games as possible and contribute to as many goals as I can as well.”As a team, we just want to work hard to achieve the best results we can. I’m delighted everything has been agreed and now I’m just looking forward to properly getting back.”Hudson-Odoi handed in a transfer request in January and was the subject of four rejected bids from Bayern Munich.
Southampton boss Hasenhuttl talks Adams, Ings formby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl says Che Adams retains his confidence.Adams appears to be suffering a slight loss of belief as his wait to open his Saints account continues. Hasenhuttl said, “He also tried to help the team and was working hard but still he is not getting the goal so far but I think it will come.” On Danny Ings after his brace in the Carabao Cup win against Portsmouth.“It’s important for every striker if you score,” said Hasenhuttl of Ings.“He is fit now and he showed he can help us massively and I am very happy for him.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Juventus boss Sarri admits Man Utd target Mandzukic not training with squadby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus boss Maurizio Sarri admits Mario Mandzukic is not training with his first team squad as he prepares for a January exit.The Croatian striker has been tipped to join Manchester United when the transfer window re-opens and bolster Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s attacking options. “Mandzukic is not training with us, in agreement with the club,” the Juve head coach told a news conference on Friday.”If the agreement changes, I am open to everything.”Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed talks with Mandzukic over his future this week.”With Mandzukic, we chose a quiet time for him to leave but a move to Qatar [in the summer] did not materialise so he stayed with us,” Paratici said.”Now we will talk to him and see what happens in January. We are evaluating, he is also evaluating. We need maximum calm, he is a great player.”It has been an added value in recent years, we must thank him. If he considers it appropriate to leave, we will satisfy him, otherwise he will consider other solutions.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth captain Francis: Howe would suit Englandby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth captain Simon Francis says manager Eddie Howe can coach England in the future.Francis is one of those who have made the journey from League One with Howe, who he believes would make a perfect successor to Gareth Southgate as England coach. But not yet.He told the Daily Express: “Eddie would be suited to the England job – but further down the line.“His sole aim right now is to be as successful as he can with Bournemouth. We were 9th a couple of seasons ago – and this squad is much better.“He will know that. He still has targets in mind, where he wants us to finish, what he wants to do before he thinks about going.“Eddie deserves a chance. I would love to see him one day – not anytime that I am still here – go and manage a top team, because he would be successful. He has everything.”
IG/drewroc5Coming out of high school, Aaron and Andrew Harrison were known as physical, athletic guards who could dominate most of the competition at the college level. Many analysts don’t believe the twins will have the same advantages as they head to the NBA. Draft Express‘ Andrew Harrison profile says his “athleticism doesn’t leap off the page, as he lacks great quickness or explosiveness.” Apparently Harrison is taking the critique pretty seriously, and he took to Instagram to try to change that reputation. We’re not sure if this will shake up any perceptions about Harrison as an athlete, but it looks like he has pretty impressive ups. Draft Express currently has Harrison going No. 32 to the Houston Rockets.