UEFA Champions League Real Madrid all about winning the Champions League – Kahn Chris Burton 04:37 5/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images UEFA Champions League Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid Liverpool The former Germany international, who is now a coach within the Blancos’ junior camps system, says European glory is the top priority at the Bernabeu Real Madrid are a club “all about winning the Champions League”, according to Oliver Kahn, with the Liga giants prioritising success in Europe.Already the most decorated club in continental competition, the Blancos are closing in on yet more history.Saturday will see them grace a third successive Champions League final, with Zinedine Zidane’s side having already emerged victorious in each of the last two seasons – becoming the first club to claim back-to-back crowns in the modern era. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Liverpool stand between them and a 13th European Cup triumph, with Kahn conceding that those in the Spanish capital are driven by the desire to keep completing that challenge.The former Germany international goalkeeper, who is now a coach with Madrid’s junior camps system, told SPOX: “At Real, only one thing counts.“I’ve been at Real Madrid over the last few months and I’ve been running through the training centre and what do you see in every corner? If you’re in the bathroom, what do you see? Everywhere is the Champions League trophy. It smells like that cup, it’s crystal clear that this club is all about winning the Champions League.”Madrid’s level of consistency in Europe is considered to be “madness” by Kahn, with the legendary keeper having managed to capture a famous trophy just once over the course of his iconic career – in 2001.He is, however, delighted to see the Blancos prospering in the present, with Zidane’s dominant outfit boasting a German engine in the form of World Cup winner Toni Kroos.The 28-year-old midfielder can be expected to have another important role to play against Liverpool in Kiev, with Kahn impressed at how Madrid are able to keep key men focused and motivated.He added on the playmaking qualities of Kroos: “He shows his importance at Real Madrid again and again.“He gets a kick in the butt from time to time so that he does not fall into monotony and focus solely on spreading the ball around.“He is a very, very important factor and the heart of the team, both at Real Madrid and for the German national team at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
@Eden_RichardsThe New South Wales Scorpions are one win away from a fairytale Women’s Elite Eight title after a comfortable 5-1 win over the Alliance in the second semi-final at the National Touch League in Coffs Harbour.It’s been a long road for the Scorpions after they went through their 2016 campaign winless, struggling against well-drilled opponents.But 12 months later they have the opportunity to complete the ultimate turnaround by beating the champion Brisbane Broncos in the decider.The Broncos are aiming to go back-to-back-to-back after taking home the 2015 and the 2016 Elite Eight titles, but they will face stiff opposition and will be made to work for every touchdown if they are to succeed in 2017.They defeated the Queensland Titans 6-2 in the first semi-final â€“ sending a message to the Scorpions that they will not be easily beaten.It was a great grand final warm-up for the Broncos who looked on song from the get-go and they will need to keep this standard up if they are to defeat the Scorpions.Interestingly, the Broncosâ€™ only defeat in this tournament was against the Scorpions in Round 4 of the competition.The Scorpions won that match 7-4 and in the process proved that the Broncos can be beaten.Yasmin Meakes and captain Laura Peattie starred in that clash, scoring two touchdowns apiece in a great team performance.Meakes will be pivotal in the grand final after leading the competition with 16 touchdowns to date.It will be a showdown between the Scorpions star and Cowboy Mary McLean who has also joined Meakes at the 16 mark, with both ladies having a knack for finding the line with right of reply left with Meakes in the final.The grand final will begin at 6:00pm at C.ex Coffs International Stadium and it promises to be a great contest with plenty of Australian international stars on show and international jerseys on the line.
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Chelsea hero Essien: Very difficult for Hazard to resist Real Madridby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea hero Michael Essien admits Eden Hazard is likely to be tempted by Real Madrid.The Blues value their prized asset in excess of £150m but Essien has hinted that his old team-mate might want to test himself in La Liga.Essien told the Daily Express: “Hazard is one of the best players in the world.“He’s been playing in the Premier League very well and looks fantastic at the moment.“The interest of Real Madrid, I only hear from people in the media.“But I mean when Real Madrid come calling… every player would love to play for them.“He’s happy at Chelsea though and hopefully we can keep him.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Everton plan bids for Bournemouth striker Wilson, Batshuayiby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton are aiming for a busy January market.The Daily Express says manager Marco Silva has been forced to utilise Richarlison up front, with Cenk Tosun and Oumar Niasse not trusted to lead the line.And director of football Marcel Brands wants to secure another goal-getter’s signature in the new year.Callum Wilson has been lined up after impressing at Bournemouth.While Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi is on Everton’s radar too with his loan spell at Valencia potentially set to be cancelled. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Departing Chelsea midfielder Cesc: Hudson-Odoi has the lotby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDeparting Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas is convinced by the potential of Callum Hudson-Odoi.Cesc, who is set to leave Stamford Bridge after five seasons, spoke to Chelsea’s club website about Hudson-Odoi’s talent after the Blues beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 yesterday.He said: “He has got everything to make it in world football.I have told him that if he does not really make it at the very top I will be disappointed because he is one of these talents you can see can be fantastic.“He can be world class, so he just needs to keep his feet on the ground, keep working hard.“He is a humble boy, he really loves playing football and hopefully he can really make it very soon.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid in new attempt for Roma youngster Nicolò Zanioloby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid have made an attempt for AS Roma youngster Nicolò Zaniolo.Sport says his recent performances have alerted the attention of various teams in Europe including Real Madrid. Los Blancos are interested in Zaniolo but Roma chief Monchi has already moved quickly to tie down his emerging star.As for Real Madrid, Zaniolo is another example of their attempts to bring in all the best talents from around the world. The last was Brahim Diaz earlier this month. They’ve also recently signed Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Andy Carroll in line for second Newcastle debutby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndy Carroll is in line for a second Newcastle United debut against Brighton tomorrow.Carroll hasn’t played since February towards the end of an injury-plagued six years at West Ham, and underwent surgery to address a long-standing ankle problem in April.However, the striker, who returned to Newcastle on a free transfer in August, is now closing in on a return to first team football after impressing in training. Newcastle boss Steve Bruce said: “As long as he comes through today (Friday) OK – touch wood, he’ll come through today OK – but yes, he will be involved, which is good news for all of us.”At the top end of the pitch, him and Allan Saint-Maximin as well, we have been a little bit short – and Dwight Gayle is another one – so we have had limited options up top, but certainly the return of Andy and Allan give us something which obviously can only benefit us.”
Barcelona learn buyout clause of Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinezby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona are exploring the prospect of prising Lautaro Martinez away from Inter Milan.Barca captain Leo Messi is a fan of his Argentina teammate and has recommended the striker to the board.Corriere dello Sport says Barca are weighing up a January move for Martinez, who they see as a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez.And making matters easy for the Spanish giants is the buyout clause that exists in his contract.Barca have learned they can land Martinez for €111m. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Waddle urges Tottenham star Alli, Lingard to change approachby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChris Waddle says Tottenham star Dele Alli and Manchester UnitedJesse Lingard must find a new approach to their games if they want to return to the England fold.Both players have endured a tough start to the 2019/20 and were recently omitted from Gareth Southgate’s squad for this week’s qualifiers against Czech Republic and Bulgaria.Speaking to racingpost.com, Waddle said: “The players who have been dropped need to think about having a Plan B. When young players come on to the scene, they get all the headlines and are talked about as though they have been doing it for 400 games. They can have unbelievable seasons but then go off the boil. Players can get lazy and believe the hype.”Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has had a bad injury. He’s a good all-round footballer who acts as an engine for the team and scores goals. I think there’s plenty more to come from him for England if he stays away from injury. Dele Alli has wonderful ability but I just think he has been worked out by opposing coaches. The same goes for Jesse Lingard. It’s time for him to look at his game and work at it on the training ground – it can take as little as 20 minutes per day – and develop a new approach.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal outcast Ozil responds to his Europa League snubby Paul Vegas3 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal outcast Mesut Ozil has responded to his Europa League snub last night.Ozil has taken to Twitter to post a message to the Arsenal fans after Unai Emery left him out of his Europa League squad for victory over Vitoria.The Gunners midfielder posted a picture of himself with Arsenal coach and club legend Robert Pires.Alongside it he wrote: “Trained with this AFC legend this morning. Always a pleasure to see you my Bro Robert Pires. Best of luck for the match now from both of us.”Trained with this AFC legend this morning Always a pleasure to see you my Bro @piresrobert7 __ Best of luck for the match now from both of us @Arsenal#UEL#YaGunnersYa#M1Öpic.twitter.com/EHASSIA3ac— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) October 24, 2019
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Alabama Crimson Tide fans react in the second half of the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)If you’re a college football fan – or, really, anyone who is not a coach – and you’re thinking about contacting a recruit, just stop. Don’t do it. Whether you’re simply trying to encourage a recruit to come to your school or berating a prospect for committing elsewhere, you’re 99 percent of the time going to come off in ill form to the 17-or-18-year-old high schooler. The following Alabama fan is someone who, unfortunately, does not follow the advice previously stated. This person somehow got the phone number of four-star linebacker Darrell Williams, an Auburn commit, and proceeded to text him about the Crimson Tide. We realize you’re passionate about your college football teams, people, and that’s why we love you, but please, don’t ever text a recruit.
Twitter/@TheBuckeyeNut Twitter/@TheBuckeyeNutThe 14 matchups of this year’s ACC-Big Ten Challenge were released today, and as expected, there are plenty of good, and a number of ugly games ahead of us this winter. We get an old conference rivalry revival between perhaps the two preseason favorites in the two leagues, UNC and Maryland, an Elite Eight rematch between Louisville and Michigan State, and a blue blood showdown between Duke and Indiana. There’s also Virginia Tech vs. Northwestern, which probably won’t have neutral fans quite as excited. In all, every team from the two leagues, save for Georgia Tech, is involved, and these games always bring a lot of intrigue. Here is our ranking of the entire challenge:14. Boston College vs. Penn State: Twitter/@PennStateMBBJim Christian’s first year at Boston College (13-19, 4-14) wasn’t great by any standard, and things may not get any better in 2015-16. Olivier Hanlan, one of the team’s lone bright spots, is off to the NBA Draft. It seems unlikely that the Eagles make any significant noise in the coming year. They will host Penn State in this year’s ACC-Big Ten Challenge, making for a pretty uninspiring matchup. Like BC, Penn State loses its one bonafide star—D.J. Newbill—from last year’s team. Perhaps these two young teams can find more balance offensively and improve without their prodigious scorers, but we wouldn’t bet on it right now. This will be BC and Penn State’s third ACC-Big Ten Challenge showdown since 2011. The two programs split the first two of those matchups. If this game is as good as the 2014 Pinstripe Bowl between the two schools’ football programs, we’ll be in for a pleasant surprise.13. Rutgers vs. Wake Forest: Twitter/@TieDyeNationRebuilding jobs in young coaching tenures is a common theme in the low-ranked games on our list, and that is definitely the case for Rutgers vs. Wake Forest. The Scarlet Knights knocked off national semifinalist Wisconsin on January 11, and proceeded to lose out the rest of the season, to finish a lowly 2-16 in conference and 10-22 overall. To compound matters, two of the team’s best players, Myles Mack and Kadeem Jack, are gone, leaving Eddie Jordan with a very lean roster in year three of his Rutgers tenure. Wake Forest is not an overly-talented team, but they were much more competitive in the ACC than Rutgers was in the Big Ten. They might not be a tournament team yet, but they will probably handle Rutgers in an uninspiring game at The RAC.12. Virginia Tech vs. Northwestern: Twitter/@PeteMorisThere’s a chance that this game is more fun than we’re giving it credit for by the time these two meet on the court, but for now, we have to keep the Hokies and Wildcats fairly low. Virginia Tech has been totally rebuilt under Buzz Williams, with a number of freshman receiving a lot of playing time in 2014-15, and a Top 30 recruiting class coming in, there is some hope for the hoops team in Blacksburg. Unfortunately for the Hokies, like BC and PSU, Tech is losing its top player Adam Smith to transfer, which won’t help matters in the near future. Northwestern is also playing better basketball under Chris Collins than it has in the past. Seven footer Alex Olah had a solid 2014-15, and should continue to improve, and Northwestern will be pairing him with four-star recruit Aaron Falzon in the frontcourt. We have to see more before we move a Hokies-Wildcats game up, but there is potential here.11. Minnesota vs. Clemson: Twitter/@ClemsonMBBThe Gophers and Tigers are far from the worst that their respective conferences have to offer, but this is a pretty boring match-up to be honest. Minnesota looked ready to turn a corner after winning the 2014 NIT, but instead slipped to a 6-12 Big Ten finish and 18-15 overall record. Clemson was a very solid defensive squad, but after losing K.J. McDaniels from the year before, the Tigers’ offense went in the tank. Jaron Blossomgame is an intriguing player, and Clemson had a few young guys like Donte Grantham step up last season, but we don’t envision them being an overly interesting team in 2015-16 as currently constructed.10. Nebraska vs. Miami: Twitter/@CanesWarningFSWe’re big fans of the jobs that both Jim Larranaga and Tim Miles have done at two schools that are traditionally football-focused, but we’re not sure that this game will be as good as it would have been a few seasons ago. Nebraska followed up a very promising NCAA Tournament season in 2013-14 with a disappointing one this past year, and now the Huskers lose top player Terran Petteway to the NBA. Miami, on the other hand, brings back a number of its best players, including guards Rodriguez and Sheldon McClellan, and rim protector Tonye Jekiri. Miami should be a factor in the ACC this year, but it is yet to be seen if Nebraska will bounce back to where it was two years ago.9. Pittsburgh vs. Purdue: Twitter/@HailToPittHoopsAfter losing early season games to teams like North Florida and Gardner Webb, all Purdue did was go 12-6 in a tough Big Ten to land itself in the NCAA Tournament. After a few down seasons following the very good Robbie Hummell, E’Twaun Moore teams, Matt Painter’s Boilermakers seem like they’ve shaken off the rust, and could be very good in 2014-15. A.J. Hammons and Isaac Haas give Purdue a very strong frontcourt, which could still be further bolstered with a commitment from blue chip forward Caleb Swanigan, who recently decommitted from Michigan State. Pitt, which has one of the nation’s top programs in the 2000s, has been a fairly average club so far in the ACC. James Artis, James Robinson, and Michael Young are nice players, but this Purdue game could be a good indicator for whether or not Pitt will establish itself in the top half of the ACC in 2015-16.8. Iowa vs. Florida State: Twitter/@Seminoles_comThis is the first match-up that should feature two NCAA Tournament contenders. Florida State has one of the biggest frontcourts you’ll see, with juniors Boris Bojanovsky and Michael Ojo returning, along with the arrival of Jean Marc Christ Koumadjie, the Monteverde Academy center who is listed by some at 7-foot-5. FSU also brings back star guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes, who made headlines last season when he dropped an unthinkable 30 points in the final 4:38 against Miami. Iowa is a pretty solid team as well, returning four starters from an NCAA Tournament team that blew out a solid Davidson squad in the 7 vs. 10 game before losing to Gonzaga. This may not be the sexiest matchup, at least by name, but these are two solid teams that should make for a good game.Next: The Top 7 ACC-Big Ten Matchups >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2
STILLWATER, OK – OCTOBER 29: The Texas Longhorns run onto the field before a game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys October 29, 2005 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Last weekend against Kansas, Texas honored safety Freddie Steinmark, subject of the upcoming film My All-American, by wearing 1969 throwback uniforms.Texas wearing throwback uniforms as tribute to Freddie Steinmark. (via @Uniformswag) pic.twitter.com/YVnQnacZN0— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) November 8, 2015Texas is a program with a classic look that rarely veers from what works, but most were probably okay with these clean-looking throwbacks. When asked about other alternate uniforms that some teams go to, defensive coordinator Vance Bedford went on a long rant about traditional powers in college football, that many fans who don’t like wild uniforms will appreciate.Asked Texas DC Vance Bedford about alternate unis today. His 600-word answer addressed a whole lot more. pic.twitter.com/q2mdv5UVkp— Max Olson (@max_olson) November 11, 2015We don’t think Bedford will be looking for a job at Oregon any time soon.
Former Brazil star Kaka claims that Jose Mourinho is partly responsible for his disappointing spell at Real Madrid.The Ballon d’Or winner joined Madrid from AC Milan in 2009, becoming the second most expensive player ever, but saw injury problems blight his stay at the Santiago Bernabeu. When he regained fitness, Mourinho had taken over as head coach and often left Kaka out of the starting XI.Kaka believes a combination of the two factors ruined his chance of becoming a star for Real, with Mourinho preferring Mesut Ozil to him in attacking midfield. 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? “The problem in Madrid was continuity,” Kaka told SporTV. “First, it was because of the injuries. The first year I had a hip problem. I pushed to reach the World Cup and then I had an adductor injury.”After the Cup I have a knee operation and I’m out for six months. And when I return I have Mourinho. My problem in Madrid was continuity. “First for the physical issue and then for the choice of the coach. I spent three years trying to convince Mourinho that he could give me opportunities. But it was his choice, it was beyond my reach.”Despite the disagreements between the two during their time in Madrid, Kaka says that he has forgiven Mourinho and understands why he left him out of the lineup.”There is no problem between us,” he continued. “I was in Manchester for a sponsorship gig and I stayed at the hotel where Mourinho lived and we talked for two hours. “At some point we had a misunderstanding because I believed that I had to play and he believed that I did not. But they were respectful disagreements. “I never rebelled and told him ‘I’m leaving here’, nor did I go before the press to complain. I told him: ‘It’s your choice, but I think you could have other options because I think I should have a chance to play. Now, you must choose.’ “He had no arguments. He told me he was not going to play because the position was for Ozil. I thought I could contribute.”Mourinho is really what you see in the cameras. He has his explosive moments, but he’s a very smart guy. What people see at press conferences is all prepared and planned and knows exactly what they are going to say. The problem I had with him was because of his choices. I thought he was wrong. But the team worked. We won a ;eague and we reached the Champions League semi-finals.”
Borussia Monchengladbach defender Matthias Ginter has revealed he almost lost his sight following an on-pitch collision with Hannover’s Sarenren Bazee.Ginter had to be carried off the field on a stretcher with horrific injuries following clash of heads with striker Bazee during a Bundesliga match between the sides in November.It was then confirmed that the 24-year-old had suffered a fractured eye socket and broken jawbone that later required surgery. 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? After six weeks on the sidelines Ginter, who joined from Borussia Dortmund in 2017, made his comeback in a friendly at the club’s winter training camp in Spain on Monday.The Germany international has since revealed how close he was to suffering a life-changing injury that could have ended his career.”I was very fortunate, because the optic nerve and muscle of my eye were only just missed,” he told sport1.de.“The doctor explained to me that, if the injury had been only an inch closer to the eye, I would have had to undergo emergency surgery that same evening because my eyesight would have been in danger.”Of course, it makes you think about it [how he would have to retire from football had he lost his sight] and I realised that my career can be over from one day to the next, which is not a nice feeling, but is part of our business.”Ginter also expressed his gratitude to Bazee for contacting him after the incident to check on his condition.The Nigerian striker suffered concussion following the collision and has yet to make a return to full fitness.”That [Sarenren Bazee contacting him] was a great gesture from him and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for him, that he too will get 100% fit again,” Ginter added.If he shows no ill-effects from his friendly comeback, Ginter could return to competitive action when the Bundesliga resumes later this month after the winter break.Gladbach begin 2019 with a trip to Bayer Leverkusen on January 19 before a home game against Augsburg the following week.Dieter Hecking’s side are currently third in the table, nine points behind leaders Dortmund.
Celta Vigo have joined Leganes in the race to sign Kenneth Omeruo, with Chelsea asking for upwards of €7 million (£6m/$8m) for the Nigeria international.The 25-year-old has been one of the star players at this summer’s Africa Cup of Nations for Nigeria, impressing at the tournament in Egypt on the back of an eye-catching loan spell at Leganes.Omeruo played a key role in the Madrid side easing away from relegation in La Liga, and Leganes have long been interested in signing the defender on a permanent basis. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare However, they have struggled to reach Chelsea’s demands to pay €7m and that has opened the door for other clubs in Spain, such as Celta.Leganes still remain hopeful of doing a deal, despite the interest from Celta, and are continuing talks to try to reduce the demands for Omeruo, who can play at centre-back and right-back.Omeruo has made it clear publicly that he is keen to leave Chelsea this summer despite Frank Lampard’s appointment as manager and his willingness to offer first-team chances to the club’s various loanees due to the FIFA-imposed two-window transfer ban on the Blues.“I think now’s the time for me to leave, to find a place, to be my own man,” he said, with Nigeria through to the knockout stages of the Africa Cup of Nations, where they will face Cameroon in the last 16. “I’m married with a baby now, so I need stability.”Chelsea have done amazingly for me, and for my family as well, but it’s the time when I need to reach my potential and get where I think I deserve to be.”His journey away from Chelsea’s loan group would see him follow the likes of Tomas Kalas, who has signed for Bristol City in an £8m ($10m) deal, Ola Aina, who has left for Torino in an £8.7m ($11m) agreement, and Mario Pasalic, who has extended his Atalanta loan for €1m, with an option to buy at €15m (£13m/$16m), out of the door.In France, Metz’s option to sign Victorien Angban after gaining promotion to Ligue 1 has been activated and sources have suggested that they will pay between €5m (£4m/$6m) and €7m (£6m/$8m).
Paris Saint-Germain are weighing up a year-long loan move with a possible purchase option for Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko. The 24-year-old, whose move to the Blues in 2017 saw him become the club’s then-second most expensive signing in their history, struggled to justify his price tag at Stamford Bridge and spent last season on loan with Milan in Serie A. The former France international’s poor form continued initially after his move to Italy but he subsequently improved during the season, though he did not secure a permanent transfer to San Siro. 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? Having been initially sent out under Maurizio Sarri, it is not known whether Bakayoko figures in new manager Frank Lampard’s plans, but he has now been linked with a return to his home country with the Ligue 1 champions, at least on an interim basis, with sources confirming to Goal that PSG are interested in landing him on a year-long deal. Bakayoko previously stressed that he intended to return to Chelsea following the end of his loan tenure in Italy but admitted that he would love to play for his hometown club.“Yes, for sure, one day I would like to play in Paris,” he told L’Equipe. “I cannot lie about it. It’s big for me and my loved ones. We are real Parisians.”I will go back to Chelsea. I still have a three-year contract. I have no choice. I don’t know what will happen after that but I have to go back to Chelsea. It is the only thing I know.”Starting his career with Rennes, Bakayoko subsequently transferred to Monaco, where he made his name in an excellent 2016-17 campaign, helping the club to the Ligue 1 title while being named in the Champions League team of the year. Bakayoko featured in the second half for the Blues on Saturday in their pre-season win against Bohemians in Dublin, and is expected to be a member of the party that travels to Japan in the next few days for games against Kawasaki Frontale and Barcelona. Chelsea then round out their preparations with games against Reading, Red Bull Salzburg and Borussia Monchengladbach ahead of an opening day trip to Manchester United in the Premier League.
CHAMPAIGN, IL – NOVEMBER 16: A general view of Memorial Stadium as the Ohio State Buckeyes take on the Illinois Fighting Illini on November 16, 2013 in Champaign, Illinois. Ohio State defeated Illinois 60-35. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Two Illinois football players are in trouble with the law for theft. The object that they allegedly took is a pretty peculiar one. The two members of the Illini are accused of taking a $5,000 deer statue from a local park.James Marchese and Drew Murtaugh are both linebackers for Lovie Smith’s team. The pair admitted to “relocating” a steel wire sculpture called “Startled” to the roof of their apartment complex. It has now been returned and reinstalled at Scott Park.Each player has been charged with theft of an item between $500 and $10,000. The penalty for that offense ranges from probation to a two-to-five year prison sentence.The players claim that they found the statue on the ground. From The News-Gazette:Marchese told police that he and Murtaugh were walking home April 29 when they saw the statue lying on the ground and took it to the roof of their building. Murtaugh gave the same basic statement, according to a police report.Illinois football has not made a decision on the status of the two players.The two will be back in court in a few weeks. More, from the report:Marchese and Murtaugh appeared with an attorney Friday and asked Judge John Kennedy for a probable-cause hearing. They are due back in court June 12.Kent Brown, UI director of sports information, said head football coach Lovie Smith is aware of the criminal charges against the pair but no action regarding their positions on the team has been taken.Marchese played in 12 games for Illinois last year, starting two. He finished with 18 total tackles, and was an Academic All-Big Ten honoree last year.Murtagh was also an Academic All-Big Ten player last season. After redshirting in 2016, he did not appear in the stat book last season for Illinois.[The News-Gazette]
COLUMBIA, MO – OCTOBER 19: A general view of Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium during the game between the Florida Gators and the Missouri Tigers on October 19, 2013 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)A major upset is currently brewing in the SEC East Division, as one of the top teams in the country appears to be on the verge of a loss.Kentucky, ranked No. 12 in the latest top 25 poll, is playing Missouri. The Wildcats are struggling – badly.It’s Missouri 14, Kentucky 3 heading into halftime.HALFTIME: Missouri 14, Kentucky 3. pic.twitter.com/OCbzYF5xTG— Jeff Drummond (@JDrumUK) October 27, 2018Kentucky (6-1, 4-1 SEC) controls its own destiny in the SEC East Division, as the Wildcats beat Florida earlier in the season.UK is set to host Georgia in Lexington next weekend.Stay tuned.