Connect with us

     

Sports

Eriksen situation is hurting player, club – Pochettino

Published

on

Eriksen situation is hurting player, club – Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino fears the transfer market uncertainty over Christian Eriksen is hurting the player and Tottenham, as he expressed surprise that the situation had not been resolved.

Eriksen said at the end of last season that he was open to a new challenge at another club – having been at Spurs since 2013 – in a move that was interpreted as being designed to encourage Real Madrid to bid for him.

The 27-year-old, who is out of contract at Spurs next summer, has long been linked with a switch to the Bernabéu.

But as yet, neither Real nor Juventus – his other oft-mentioned suitors – have made a firm offer. Atlético Madrid made contract with Spurs about Eriksen earlier in the summer at the time they signed the full-back Kieran Trippier from them, but they also appear to be playing a waiting game.

Spanish clubs and those in Germany and France have until September 2 to complete their incoming business, unlike Premier League clubs, for whom the window closed on August 8. Pochettino remains frustrated at the disparity, mainly because it puts Spurs in a vulnerable position with regard to Eriksen.

Pochettino, who has signed two central midfielders this summer, Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso, has been unable to say whether he thinks Eriksen will remain at Spurs or, indeed, sign a new contract, which has come to feel increasingly unlikely.

The impression Pochettino gave before Sunday’s home game against Newcastle was that he was bracing himself for a bid for Eriksen before September 2. If one came from a club that Eriksen wanted to join, Spurs would have a major problem. As an aside, Spurs go to Arsenal on September 1.

“It’s not the best situation for him [Eriksen] and for everyone,” Pochettino said. “It is not what I think the club or the player expected [it] to be. You cannot put a finger on the problem. You try to minimalise the problem, try to treat the situation. This is an important player who needs to help the team with his performances.

“I am always open to help the club and to help the decision of Daniel [Levy, the chairman]. I know really well that decisions like this are not easy but I always try to be in the position to take the best benefit for the club. And for the player, too. The most important thing is to try to take the best decision for both sides.”

Eriksen is set to feature against Newcastle, with Ndombele out with a minor thigh injury and Lo Celso lacking match fitness. Lo Celso had an extended holiday after his involvement with Argentina at the Copa América, which finished for him on July 6, and he signed for Spurs on August 8 after a week without training at Real Betis, reports The Guardian.

“Lo Celso is in a situation that is not going to be easy,” Pochettino said. “He’s training well but is still so far away from what we expect.”

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Sports

Man City defender, Stones, suffers muscle injury

Published

on

By

Man City defender, Stones, suffers muscle injury

Manchester City and England defender John Stones will be out for between four and five weeks after suffering a muscle injury in training.

Stones, 25, suffered the injury on Tuesday as City prepared for Wednesday’s Champions League group game with Shakhtar Donetsk.

The injury is a setback for City, who are also without Aymeric Laporte until January or February because of injury.

It leaves City with one established central defender in Nicolas Otamendi.

Continue Reading

Sports

NFF hunts for African opposition, after sealing Eagles/Brazil friendly

Published

on

By

NFF hunts for African opposition, after sealing Eagles/Brazil friendly

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is working hard at sealing a match with an African team for the Super Eagles, after announcing on Monday night that the three-time African champions will play Brazil in a friendly in Singapore on Sunday, October 13.

Nigeria and Brazil will tango in a much-anticipated encounter at the Singapore National Stadium, Kallang 23 years after Nigeria, on their way to winning Africa’s first Olympic football gold, spanked the Selecao in the semi-finals at the Athens Stadium in the State of Georgia (USA).

Efforts to match the two teams in a friendly match after that spectacular game came to nought for several years, until the organisers of the 8th All-Africa Games that Nigeria hosted in 2003 flew the Brazilians to Abuja in June of that year. Brazil won 3-0.

There has been no competitive tie between both countries’ senior teams since that memorable U23 match in Georgia, and next month’s session will test the character of the former African champions who are somewhat building a new team after a rash of retirements and injuries to key players.

That new breed came close to shocking Ukraine in a friendly match in Dnipro a week ago, before bungling a two-goal lead to stalemate at 2-2.

“We are happy to have sealed this encounter with Brazil, the five-time champions of the world. It is not every day that you get to Brazil, and I think it is very good for our young team.

“The Nigeria Football Federation must also commend Eurodata Sport, our FIFA-licensed Match Agent, for pulling this off. Having said that, the focus now is on getting an African team for the Super Eagles as a second match for the FIFA window in October, ahead of their 2021 AFCON qualifying matches in November,” NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, said.

The Super Eagles have two 2021 AFCON qualifying dates in November. After hosting the Squirrels of Benin Republic on November 14, they will fly to Maseru for a Day Two encounter with the Crocodiles of Lesotho on November 19.

Continue Reading

Sports

CAS reduces Neymar’s Euro ban

Published

on

By

CAS reduces Neymar’s Euro ban

Paris St-Germain forward Neymar’s three-game European ban for insulting match officials has been cut to two by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The 27-year-old was charged by UEFA after PSG’s Champions League exit at home to Manchester United on March 6.

Neymar called the award of a decisive 94th-minute United penalty in the last-16 second leg-tie “a disgrace”.

He will miss the games against Real Madrid and Galatasaray but can return to face Club Bruges on October 22.

PSG took the case to CAS after UEFA rejected their appeal against the ban.

CAS says it will publish the reasons behind their ruling in a few weeks.

Neymar was injured with a broken metatarsal and missed both legs of the tie against United, reports the BBC.

Referee Damir Skomina reviewed footage of a Diogo Dalot shot striking the hand of PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe before awarding the visitors the injury-time spot kick having initially given a corner.

Marcus Rashford’s penalty ensured a 3-1 win in Paris for United, who went through to the Champions League quarter-finals on away goals after the tie ended 3-3 on aggregate.

Neymar wrote on social media: “It’s a disgrace. Four guys who know nothing about football watch a slow-motion replay in front of the television.

“What can he do with his hand while his back is turned?”

Continue Reading

Sports

Brazil to play Nigeria, Senegal in Singapore

Published

on

By

Brazil to play Nigeria, Senegal in Singapore

* Oct 10 v Senegal; Oct 13 v Eagles

The Brazilian team will play against Senegal and Nigeria at the National Stadium of Singapore, on October 10 and 13 according to information from the Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) website.

The football federation also made the announcement on its twitter handle.

According to the Brazilian FA website, Senegal and Nigeria are “two of Africa’s main forces today”.

That explains why the Brazilians decided to utilize the next FIFA window for the matches. The National Stadium of Singapore, reopened in 2014 with a capacity of 55,000 fans, will be the scene of the clashes scheduled for the 10th and 13th, at 8pm local time (9am Brasilia).

On October 10, 2019, the Brazilian National Team will play their first ever game against Senegal. Best African team in the FIFA Ranking, Senegalese are in the 20th position of the classification.

Three days later, on October 13, Brazil and Nigeria (33rd in the FIFA Ranking) face off on the same stage. It will only be the second major squad match against the Nigerians. The first was in 2003, with a 3-0 Brazilian victory in Abuja, the Nigerian capital. Gil, Luís Fabiano and Adriano scored the goals of the triumph.

The opposing teams come from good results in 2019. Senegal and Nigeria finished second and third respectively in the June and July African Cup of Nations. The choice is in line with the concept established between the president of the organization and the Brazilian National Technical Commission, to play against top 50 opponents of the FIFA ranking whenever possible.

– We chose two of the best African teams because they are high level confrontations and against a school that the Brazilian National Team has had few encounters in recent years. It was a wish of the Technical Commission, so we went after these opponents – commented the Coordinator of the Team, Juninho Paulista.

Under coach Tite, Brazil faced only one African team. In November 2018, with a goal from Richarlison, defeated Cameroon. The match was held in Milton Keynes, England, and marked the season’s end for the team, reports Sports Village Square.

This will be the second pass of the Brazilian National Team through the refurbished National Stadium of Singapore.

In October 2014, also in a friendly period, Brazil defeated Japan 4-0, with four goals from Neymar, before an audience of approximately 51,000 people.

Continue Reading

Sports

Serie A: Dzeko wants Mkhitaryan at Roma long-term

Published

on

By

Serie A: Dzeko wants Mkhitaryan at Roma long-term

Edin Dzeko has paid tribute to his new Roma team-mate Henikh Mkhitaryan after his Roma debut, demanding that he stays at the club beyond his loan deal.

The Armenian made his first appearance for his new club on Sunday evening, scoring in their 4-2 win over Sassuolo.

Dzeko, who also scored in the victory, has heaped praise on the on-loan Arsenal winger after the game in Rome.

He said: “I expect it from him. I know him as a great player, and he is a very good addition to our attacking team who wants to play football.

“I am one hundred per cent sure he is going to be a big help for us. I was definitely happy to see this transfer happen.

“After we played for our national teams and he scored two goals against us I told him ‘my friend, next games you have to score for Roma as well!’

“He’s a great pro. I remember him also from Borussia Dortmund times and he will be a big player for us. Hopefully, he can stay a long time here.”

“Hopefully he will [stay]. He will see that we are playing football here and immediately he scored a goal so hopefully, he can have more goals and a lot of assists for us.

Mkhitaryan signed for Roma on a season-long loan deal from the Gunners on Deadline Day, along with his former Manchester United colleague Chris Smalling and Chelsea’s Davide Zappacosta.

The Italian side currently sit eighth in Serie A and get their Europa League campaign underway on Thursday when they face Istanbul Basaksehir, reports skysports.

Despite its recent introduction to the Premier League, VAR has been used in Italy since 2017, but Dzeko says that there is still work to do before it’s perfected.

“We’ve already had it for the second year. It’s nothing new for us. It can improve definitely but it definitely helps as well,” he said.

“So, hopefully in the future, it can help the referees also because their job is not easy. We know that. Also, with VAR, they have to improve even more.

“It’s a new thing for the Premier League, like I said. I think it can definitely help.

“Maybe the only thing I don’t like with VAR is too many penalties. Every handball is penalty!”

Continue Reading

Sports

Serie A: Dzeko wants Mkhitaryan at Roma long-term

Published

on

By

Serie A: Dzeko wants Mkhitaryan at Roma long-term

Edin Dzeko has paid tribute to his new Roma team-mate Henikh Mkhitaryan after his Roma debut, demanding that he stays at the club beyond his loan deal.

The Armenian made his first appearance for his new club on Sunday evening, scoring in their 4-2 win over Sassuolo.

Dzeko, who also scored in the victory, has heaped praise on the on-loan Arsenal winger after the game in Rome.

He said: “I expect it from him. I know him as a great player, and he is a very good addition to our attacking team who wants to play football.

“I am one hundred per cent sure he is going to be a big help for us. I was definitely happy to see this transfer happen.

“After we played for our national teams and he scored two goals against us I told him ‘my friend, next games you have to score for Roma as well!’

“He’s a great pro. I remember him also from Borussia Dortmund times and he will be a big player for us. Hopefully, he can stay a long time here.”

“Hopefully he will [stay]. He will see that we are playing football here and immediately he scored a goal so hopefully, he can have more goals and a lot of assists for us.

Mkhitaryan signed for Roma on a season-long loan deal from the Gunners on Deadline Day, along with his former Manchester United colleague Chris Smalling and Chelsea’s Davide Zappacosta.

The Italian side currently sit eighth in Serie A and get their Europa League campaign underway on Thursday when they face Istanbul Basaksehir, reports skysports.

Despite its recent introduction to the Premier League, VAR has been used in Italy since 2017, but Dzeko says that there is still work to do before it’s perfected.

“We’ve already had it for the second year. It’s nothing new for us. It can improve definitely but it definitely helps as well,” he said.

“So, hopefully in the future, it can help the referees also because their job is not easy. We know that. Also, with VAR, they have to improve even more.

“It’s a new thing for the Premier League, like I said. I think it can definitely help.

“Maybe the only thing I don’t like with VAR is too many penalties. Every handball is penalty!”

Continue Reading

Sports

Gernot Rohr: No more’ goalkeeping concerns for Eagles

Published

on

Gernot Rohr: No more’ goalkeeping concerns for Eagles

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, has said the team’s goalkeeping concerns are over as the country looks forward to the qualifying rounds of the next Africa Cup of Nations in November.

The Manager said this in an interview on NFF twitter handle after the team was held to a 2-2 draw by Ukraine in Dynipro that the problem that had plagued the goalkeeping department of the national team was now a thing of the past.

Since Vincent Enyeama retired, the Super Eagles have struggled to find a decent replacement, with the likes of Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Daniel Akpeyi failing to impress.

Although Francis Uzoho did better than those two when he was given the chance, his form dipped since he moved to Cyprus due to lack of activity at his club.

However, after switching clubs last summer, he is back playing regularly and that showed in his performance in Nigeria’s match with Ukraine last Tuesday.

The former Bordeaux Manager said in NFF twitter handle that “Our goalkeeper, Uzoho, is much better, because he is playing in his club, and even in the goalkeeper positions we had problems, but we see that, we have already the answer.”

Rohr went on to say that the team will be playing friendlies against African teams in the next round of international break because of the AFCON qualifiers which begin in November.

When asked about possible opponents of the team in October, Rohr said: “We have to play against African teams, because the qualifiers are against African teams.”

He said the Super Eagles would play Benin at home first and then go away against Lesotho hence his the decision to play African sides in friendly.

Continue Reading

Sports

Crisis hits Falcons’ camp over NFF’s interference

Published

on

Crisis hits Falcons’ camp over NFF’s interference

Omission of Super Falcons skipper’s name Desire Oparanozie is causing ripples in the camp of the team preparing for a two-legged second round 2020 Olympic football qualifier against Cote’d’Voire  on 30th September and 6 October.

It was learnt that former Super Falcons coach, Thomas Dennerby, has threatened to quit the team if he is not allowed free hand to pick his team.

The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF on September 13 published the names of invited players for the qualifiers with many questioning the exclusion of captain of the side, Desire Oparanozie, from the list of seven overseas players for the match.

The exclusion of the captain has raised eyebrows in some quarters with many arguing that the list is a suspect.

Our correspondent leant that Coach Thomas Dennerby did not prepare the list as he left the team immediately after the second leg qualifiers against Algeria in Lagos under acrimonious circumstances and agitations over unpaid bonuses led by the captain.

“I can confidently tell you that the list was not prepared by the coach (Thomas Dennerby). Someone else did but I do not know. You cannot have a match of this magnitude and not invite your team captain.

“This tells you that NFF is divided. Some persons frustrated the coach. They did not allow him to invite players he needs and they would want to impose players on him. This is some of the reasons he abandoned the team,” the source said.

The NFF according to report has asked Falconets’ Head Coach, Christopher Danjuma, to take charge of the team for the Cote d’Ivoire game.

However, in a message on the Sports Minister’s Twitter handle, Sunday Dare revealed that he would intervene to ensure Dennerby who was appointed in 2018 continue as head coach of the Super Falcons.

“I have personally stepped into the matter of Thomas Dennerby, the Coach of Super Falcons. I received a brief this morning and will proceed to seek a quick resolution to ensure he continues to Coach Nigeria’s female team,” Dare tweeted on Monday.

Continue Reading

Sports

Kalu emerges Europe’s top dribbler ahead Pepe, Di-Maria

Published

on

Kalu emerges Europe’s top dribbler ahead Pepe, Di-Maria

Samuel Kalu is the best dribbler in Europe top five leagues, ahead of PSG’s Angel Di Maria, Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe and Real Betis’ Nabil Fekir.

The 22-year-old winger, who is in his second season with Bordeaux, has the highest dribble percentage in Europe.

Kalu played a vital role in Bordeaux’ 2-0 victory over Metz in Saturday’s Ligue 1 clash at Matmut Atlantique.

A product of GBS Academy, he has been a regular in Paulo Sousa’s side following his move from Gent in 2018 – a team he joined from AS Trencin.

The Nigeria international has successfully executed 22 dribbles out of 47 attempted, putting him ahead of some of the world’s most talked-about players known for that.

Just behind Kalu is Arsenal’s Pepe, who has completed 19 dribbles despite his barren run at the Etihad Stadium.

The 2018 World Cup winner Fekir, who plays for Real Betis, is just behind that at 18 out of 25 with PSG’s Di Maria’s 18 over 41 dribbles rounding out the top four.

The Girondins are ninth in the French top-flight with eight points from five outings.

They host Brest in their next outing on September 21.

Continue Reading

Sports

GOtv Boxing Night 20: Scorpion, Baby Face promise explosive ring return

Published

on

GOtv Boxing Night 20: Scorpion, Baby Face promise explosive ring return

West African Boxing Union (WABU) welterweight champion, Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde, and national super featherweight champion, Ridwan “Scorpion” Oyekola, have promised to return to the ring in an explosive fashion at GOtv Boxing Night 20, scheduled to hold on 12 October.

The two shinning stars are billed to fight at the event slated for the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium in Lagos. In his last fight at GOtv Boxing Night 19, Baby Face famously knocked out Ghana’s Eden Biki, who was punched into unconsciousness in the 10th round. The WABU champion next opponent is Jafaaru Suleiman.

Speaking in Lagos on Monday, the WABU champion said he’s already looking beyond Sulaimon, whom he said he plans to use as preparation for the African Boxing Union title bout.

“Sulaimon is not an opponent in the real sense. He’s a training apparatus. I’m looking beyond the fight, as my target is the ABU title,” he said.

Oyekola, whose last engagement saw him dethrone long-reigning champion, Taofeek “Taozon” Bisuga at GOtv Boxing Night 18 in Ibadan, said his next opponent, Sikiru “Omo Iya Eleja” Shogbesan, will suffer the same fate as Bisuga, who suffered a first-round technical knockout after falling thrice. The Ibadan-based boxer, who spoke in a phone chat, advised Shogbesan to pull out of the bout or risk being beaten legless.

“There is no dispute about me being the best in my category. Bisuga is well placed to tell Shogbesan how I made him see stars. If Shogbesan ignores my advice, the walls of the Indoor Sports Hall will appear to him as wobbling by the time I finish with him,” said Scorpion.

GOtv Boxing Night 20 will be headlined by the much anticipated pairing of ABU lightweight king, Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph, and WABU champion, Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu, who face each other in the ABU title bout. Also on the card is the national bantamweight title bout between Sadiq Adeleke and Opeyemi “Sense” Adeyemi.

Continue Reading

 

 

 

 

 

ABUJA MAN REVEALS (FREE) SECRET FRUITS THAT INCREASED MANHOOD AND LASTING POWER IN 7DAYS

 

… CLICK HERE TO GET IT!

 

 

 

Categories

Facebook

Trending

Take advantage of our impressive online traffic; advertise your brands and products on this site. For Advert Placement and Enquiries, Call: Mobile Phone:+234 805 0498 544. Online Editor: Tunde Sulaiman Mobile Phone: 0805 0498 544; Email: tunsul2@gmail.com. Copyright © 2018 NewTelegraph Newspaper.

%d bloggers like this: