About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea defender Luiz: Sarri philosophy produced Crystal Palace winnerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender David Luiz says N’Golo Kante’s winner at Crystal Palace came via manager Maurizio Sarri’s “philosophy”.The Brazil defender spotted Kante’s run and found him with a lofted pass, which the France midfielder chested down and shot left-footed under Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita.Luiz said, “It is never easy to play here or control it here especially when they play long balls but we did well.”We could have scored early but they also did a great match defensively which is why it was so difficult.”[The goal was about] the connection, about training every day and understanding the philosophy.”I just tried to put the ball in and time it for his run.”
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Belgium goalkeeper coach Lemmens urges Real Madrid to rethink Courtois treatmentby Carlos Volcano22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBelgium goalkeeper coach Erwin Lemmens has urged Real Madrid to rethink their management of Thibaut Courtois.Courtois was substituted at half-time in Tuesday’s 2-2 Champions League draw against Club Brugge, with Madrid 2-0 down at the time.The 27-year-old was arguably at fault for Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis’ ninth-minute opener and was again beaten by the Brugge striker later in the half.Comparing his compatriot’s woes at the Santiago Bernabeu to David de Gea’s form slump with Manchester United, Lemmens told Radio MARCA: “They have to treat him differently.”He’s a special boy and it’s unusual that he’s always at the highest level with Belgium, but there he suffers with De Gea syndrome.”If the Bernabeu whistles then you have to look at the team as a whole.”He’s a great goalkeeper and he’ll try to make Real Madrid happy again.”
LEXINGTON, KY – NOVEMBER 14: A general view of the Kentucky Wildcats game against the Grand Canyon Antelopes at Rupp Arena on November 14, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Former Kentucky forward Willie Cauley-Stein, who is set to be selected later this week in the 2015 NBA Draft, has a number of tattoos covering his body. While all surely have significant meaning for the future NBA star, one – his most recent addition – surely means a bit more than the rest. This past weekend, Cauley-Stein got a massive neck tattoo to honor his late friend Blake Hundley, who passed away from cancer in May at the age of just nine years old. Cauley-Stein and Hundley had developed an incredible friendship in a short time. Cauley-Stein even wore “Team Blake” wristbands during games this past season.Cauley-Stein posted an Instagram photo of the design for his fans. He made no mention of where on his body he’d be getting inked.Cauley-Stein is regarded as one of the most likable players in basketball, so his decision to honor Hundley doesn’t come as a surprise. Whichever teams drafts him this Thursday will certainly be getting a high-character person.
Bayern Munich head coach Niko Kovac feels the strength of this year’s Bundesliga is part of the reason why his side are second in the table.Borussia Dortmund are six points clear at the top going into the winter break, with Bayern having been inconsistent under new coach Kovac.A run of five straight wins has cut Dortmund’s advantage, with Bayern appearing to be back on track in the last few weeks, while third-placed Borussia Monchengladbach have also impressed. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Bayern have won the title six years in a row and Kovac is relishing a battle with Dortmund over the second half of the campaign, which his side start at Hoffenheim on January 18.”I feel we’re the Bayern from the start of the season again, that we’ve restored our ease and confidence – and that the lads are fired up to give it everything and put up a fierce fight against Borussia Dortmund,” Kovac told Bayern’s official website.”It was a half year with many facets, very emotional, and certainly not boring. We had many good periods but also had to weather difficult ones. However, taken altogether we’re on a good track, and at the end of the day, our conclusion to the six months is positive.”Unfortunately we had a little barren spell. The coaching staff thought about it a lot: the reasons why. Maybe we allowed ourselves to be influenced too much by what was suggested: that we’re unbeatable and that we’ll clinch the championship title again with a huge cushion.”It creeps into your consciousness, and then everybody ends up lacking one or two per cent. In total that’s not enough. In my opinion, the Bundesliga is much more balanced and stronger than last year, which is why we had to fight. But the lads have recovered.”🗨️ “We’ve restored our ease and confidence.”📰 Niko #Kovac discusses the past few months, his hopes for 2019, and what the #FCBayern fans can expect next year:https://t.co/vj3pXZeAgg#FCBayern #MiaSanMia pic.twitter.com/NeSSpBcCZy— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) December 27, 2018Kovac was under pressure in October after a run of four games without a win in all competitions but the former Eintracht Frankfurt coach says he ignores criticism.”I kept it away as far as possible. I wanted to be free in my decisions, only relying on my impressions from training,” he continued. “I stuck to it until the winter break. I’ve basically passed up media reports for four to five months. I feel good this way, it isn’t a burden. Things are very fast-paced in this business.”What was good yesterday might be bad the next morning, so you have to keep calm. My coaches always told me that in the past. Fortunately, I had some very good coaches. I never panic.”Kovac’s tactical tinkering has been highlighted, with chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge criticising Bayern’s rotation, although he denied attempting to influence the coach’s decisions.”I’m not a friend of the rotation,” he told Kicker. “The football industry is a high-performance society, it’s about performance, and the best in training and in the game should probably be reused in the game that follows, to boost performance.”My point of view may also be related to my generation when the squads were even smaller when there were 11 top players who virtually always played.”We have had talks that Niko Kovac appreciates very much, but of course training, tactics and team composition are always exclusive to the coach. There is no discussion.”Kovac and Bayern could be without Rafinha for the 2019-20 season as he has confirmed he plans to leave the club when his contract expires at the end of this campaign.”My cycle at Bayern is coming to an end,” the 33-year-old Brazilian told SporTV. “There are many things that can happen in the next six months, but I think it’s my last year.”
The Dan Patrick Show.Nick Saban paid a visit to The Dan Patrick Show and revealed how he got into sports in the first place.Alabama head coach Nick Saban likes music. Apparently, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has the same affinity for music. In an interview with The Dan Patrick Show, Saban revealed he and Belichick used to sneak out together.“When Bill and I were together in Cleveland, we used to sneak out and go see various concerts.”Despite his current love for music, Saban admitted it was his grandmother’s insistence that he learn the accordion that drove him to the sporting world. The head coach of the No. 1 college football team in the country then admitted to one of the world’s greatest ironies. He didn’t like to practice.The head coach of Alabama, which has won four of the last seven national titles, did not like to practice. Queue his player’s astonished reactions.The rest of the country can thank Grandma Saban for creating one of the best college coaches in history. Without her insistence that young Nick Saban learn the accordion, the last national title for the Tide might have come from Gene Stallings in 1992.
ABC.Jabrill Peppers picked off his first pass of the year in the biggest game, and then reportedly trolled the Ohio State crowd in pretty fantastic fashion.Michigan has outplayed Ohio State in pretty much every facet of the game, and its best player made a fantastic play on defense to open the second half.Jabrill Peppers has done everything for Michigan this season, but it took until today for him to secure an interception as a Wolverine. He pulled that off against Ohio State star J.T. Barrett.Michigan’s @JabrillPeppers with his first pick of the year. Barrett’s first in six games #UMvsOSU pic.twitter.com/D9W8EidmFo— Adam Biggers (@AdamBiggers81) November 26, 2016After the pick, a number of people tweeted that Peppers did an “O-H-N-O” gesture to the Ohio State crowd, a pretty excellent troll job. Tom Rinaldi also spoke about it on the broadcast.Tom Rinaldi is thrilled Jabrill Peppers made the O-H-N-O gesture. Big deal #MICHvsOSU— Adam Gorney (@adamgorney) November 26, 2016″O-H-N-O” from peppers to the crowd. I LOVE IT— Ella Dorsey (@Ella__Dorsey) November 26, 2016Unfortunately, we haven’t seen video of Peppers “O-H-N-O”-ing everyone, but we really hope someone, somewhere gets one up on Twitter.Michigan fumbled after Peppers’ pick near the goal line, but then forced a three and out and stopped Ohio State on a bizarre fake punt attempt. The next drive, Michigan extended its lead to 17-7 on a Wilton Speight-to-Khalid Hill touchdown. Michigan has Ohio State on the ropes at The Shoe. With a win, Michigan will take home the Big Ten East and face Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship.
Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic says he was inspired to chase his dream of becoming a successful footballer after seeing his sister overcome leukemia.The 21-year-old grew up in a small town called Batar before he joined Serbian giants Red Star Belgrade, sending him on a path to Benfica and Eintracht Frankfurt before he made a €70 million (£62m/$79m) move to Madrid in the current transfer window.But the Serbia international revealed that his journey has not all been easy, as his sister was diagnosed a life-threatening illness just over a decade ago. Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Seeing her emerge victorious from that battle only encouraged Jovic to give his all in football, as he says he wanted to be “a winner” as well.”I don’t talk about this a lot, but when I was nine or 10 years old, my older sister got really sick. And this was the moment that marked our lives,” he told The Players’ Tribune.”The doctors found out that she had leukemia, and she was in and out of the hospital for a long time. My mum had to stop managing the supermarket to look after her. For a whole year, our family was split up. I was living with my dad and my grandpa, going to and from training sessions at Red Star Belgrade, while my mum stayed with my sister. “It was a very difficult time. What I most remember is the feeling when I went home from Belgrade to Batar after a game. “One day, while he was giving me a ride home from training, my dad stopped and picked up my uncle and my cousin. I didn’t know what was happening at first, but then I realised we were having a big celebration. “We went home and I remember my sister was wearing this paper hat, like it was her birthday. They told us that she was cured. And it was just an amazing feeling, knowing that she was going to be O.K., because we had been very scared for a long time.”When my sister beat her illness, it gave me a fire to succeed. I wanted to be a winner like her.”
Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s first match for Manchester United at Old Trafford went as well as he could have hoped, according to the 21-year-old. Having signed for the club from Crystal Palace in a massive £55 million ($70m) transfer this summer, the full-back entered the season with massive expectations on him. And he got off to a great start in the club’s opener, helping United to a smashing 4-0 win over Chelsea to get his career at the club off to the best possible start. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “It was a great result to beat Chelsea and I couldn’t have been much happier with how it went,” Wan-Bissaka told The Guardian. “I had been waiting for my first game at Old Trafford as a United player and it felt great to get it done and for it to go so well.”Having played 35 times for Palace in the Premier League last season, the level of competition was nothing new for Wan-Bissaka, who performed well on the right side of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s defence. And the youngster said nothing, not even the pressure of playing for a club with United’s history or the massive transfer fee, brought out the nerves in him ahead of his first match at Old Trafford.“I wasn’t nervous, that’s not me, but I think a lot of eyes were on the new signings to see how we got on,” he said. “I just tend to block out that stuff and focus on my own game but at the same time I was really excited about it. I got a lot of playing time in pre-season matches, which I needed because it helped me get to know the team.“The games all went well and the players were all great with me from the first day onwards. They are all good lads and they helped me a lot when it came to settling in, but even so your first league game at Old Trafford is always going to be a landmark. Thankfully I was happy with my performance.”With the season opener now out of the way, United will be looking to keep their strong start going on Monday, when they face their first away test of the campaign against Wolves. But Wan-Bissaka thinks his side have everything they need to carry on winning, with the confidence of having beaten Chelsea providing an early season boost. “It will be a tough game, obviously, but there are a lot of positives from the Chelsea match we can take into it and there are a few areas where we can probably improve as well,” he said.“What we have at United now is a good mix of young and experienced players and, speaking as one of the younger members of the squad, I think that’s important. We need people to set the standards to live up to, to set the tempo in games when we need it and the more experienced players in the dressing room are capable of doing that.”