While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. OSU is off this week, but there is still a loaded slate of games that includes Kansas State-OU, Tennessee-Alabama, West Virginia-Texas Tech, Ole Miss-Arkansas and Ohio State-Wisconsin. I’m going to be off the grid for a couple of days so I probably won’t see much of any of them, but they should be great. Maybe we can even get a KU win over Baylor in Waco!Thanks as always to Ryan Hartwig for putting together the Watch Guide.Weekend Watch Guide: Week 7
Down the depth chart, Jhajuan Seales appears to have taken another step forward for his 12th season in Stillwater. Even being third in production as far as yards, Seales has proven at times he can manage the role as a No. 1 wideout and has the physical tools to stretch the field. Being a No. 3 option, he isn’t given the same amount of opportunities, but he has already eclipsed his total yards from the 2015 season.On the other side of the spectrum, Chris Lacy has proven to be a formidable option but has really shown his worth in down field blocking.“Chris Lacy, in the last game (against Texas), was as impressive as any wide receiver that I’ve seen here at OSU in a very long time,” Gundy said following the Texas game about Lacy. “He reminded me of DeMarcus Conner, who used to just wear guys out (blocking downfield). And that’s what Lacy did.”The group as a whole is very well rounded, with each specific receiver bringing a unique skillset to the table that OSU has capitalized on throughout the year so far. I gave the group a grade of A- for their performance thus far, and the team gave an aggregate of an A. Overall, though, you can’t ask for much more production than what they’ve been able to give you through the first half of the year.WR Grade: A Halfway through the 2016 football season, we’re handing out grades for each position group and one of the most vaunted groups, wide receivers, is up next.Even without preseason Biletnikoff Watch Lister Marcell Ateman, the receivers group has performed admirably this season, and rank No. 10 as a passing offense with more than 350 yards through the air per game on average. And while that number is also a testament to the dude slinging the rock, the receivers have done their part to vault them into the top 10 nationally and No. 3 in the conference.The strength of the group, much like the Big 12 conference, is at the top of the depth chart. Losing freshman phenom Dillon Stoner was a blow to the overall depth of the team, but the top half of the group is loaded with talent, lead by James Washington.Washington started the season surprisingly slow. Against lesser competition against SE Louisiana and Central Michigan, he combined for 103 total yards. In the games since then, even with a step up in competition and more attention thrown his way in coverage, he has proven his all-american status by averaging 157 per game since.And the attention he gets on the outside has opened things up for OSU in other areas, too, as Mike Gundy noted this week. “(The defense) plays differently,” Gundy said Saturday. “You go back and watch it and study how they play when he’s in the game compared to when he’s not, they’re going to get an extra guy in the box in the running game.”Washington isn’t the most physically imposing receiver at 6-foot (which might be a stretch), but he has the leaping ability and athleticism to flat out make you look silly on the edge with catches like this. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The second leading receiver is by far the biggest leap from last year as far as production. Jalen McCleskey, who was a speedster last season who had high points, has been able to step into the No. 2 receiver spot and has been incredibly productive. Oklahoma State has gotten creative in their ways to get McCleskey the ball, and he has taken advantage of his opportunities on jet sweeps and out of the slot. Bottom line: McCleskey + Space = Good things.WATCH: Rudolph to McCleskey gives #OKState its first touchdown of the dayCatch OSU vs. CMU on FS1! pic.twitter.com/zJjwNTM8Xc— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) September 10, 2016
There are plenty of talking points that came out of Oklahoma State’s 43-37 road win over Kansas State.Mason Rudolph put up the second-highest passing total of his career with 457 yards (fourth-highest in OSU history).The Cowboys were careless with the ball, coughing up three turnovers and committed some inopportune penalties on the road against a team that’s almost impossible to beat when you beat yourself.But one of the most surprising of talking points should be the Cowboys’ effectiveness running the ball.Oklahoma State was able to put up 180 rushing yards on a team that ranks first in the Big 12 in rushing defense. After Saturday’s game, Kansas State is still No. 12 nationally allowing 110.89 yards per game. The Wildcats started Saturday allowing only 102.25 yards per game.The 180-yard performance is not exactly staggering but was a good sign for a Cowboy team still trying to find its way on the ground. It was their third-highest rushing total of the year behind only the Baylor game (213 yards) and Kansas game (228 yards).The Cowboys averaged 6.9 yards per carry, thanks mostly to Chris Carson’s 9.9-yard average on seven carries and chunk-yardage runs from Rennie Childs and Barry J. Sanders. That 6.92 yard average is the best single-game average for the Cowboys since the 2013 Iowa State game.The biggest run of the day was undoubtedly Chris Carson’s go-ahead touchdown dragging two defenders 10-plus yards to the end zone to put the Cowboys up for good.Carson has been downright fantastic since coming back from a hand injury he sustained in Week 2 against Central Michigan. Since returning three weeks ago, Carson has averaged 7.2 yards per carry and has four touchdowns (three rushing) in three games.“I was proud of our ability to run the football,” said Mike Gundy after the game. “I thought Chris Carson was excellent. I thought twenty-seven was excellent.”The Cowboy running game is by no means where they want it but the gradual improvement of the offensive line and the emergence of Justice Hill should give Cowboy fans plenty to look forward to. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
2016?-11Oklahoma Year Final ScoreLineFavored Team 200749-17 OU-11.5Oklahoma 201438-35 (OT) OSU-19.5Oklahoma 200927-0 OU-7.5Oklahoma 200861-41 OU-10.5Oklahoma Oklahoma opened as a 13.5 point lead over the Oklahoma State Cowboys for 2016 Bedlam, a line that many Pokes fans felt was high. The line is down to -11 as of Monday, and may continue to fall as we get closer to the big game on Saturday.We know that in its last nine Bedlam games, OSU is 2-7. I picked 2007 because that is the year Mike Gundy really started to get all his own players on the field (and we could only find spreads going back to that year).You probably knew that OSU record already, because Boone Pickens made us all painfully aware of it. But what have the lines been compared to the final scores? Has OSU normally covered? Let’s take a look. 201144-10 OSU-3.5Oklahoma State 201558-23 OU-7.5Oklahoma 201251-48 OU-6Oklahoma 201047-41 OU-3Oklahoma State 201333-24 OU-9.5Oklahoma State Oklahoma has actually covered the spread six times out of the last nine Bedlam meetings, but only twice out of five times since 2011. Sure, they’ve won several close games, in 2010, 2012, and 2013 (Gilbert caught it), but recent history shows us there’s a decent chance the Cowboys will beat the line this week.Which they’ll need to substantially if they want to win the their second Big 12 title after playing for it for the fourth time in six years.Tough to see OU as a 2-TD favorite when #okstate has the better receivers, defense, special teams and much better QB.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguy) November 27, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. College football will return in just a few weeks, and with it comes everyone’s favorite way to start their Saturday: ESPN’s College Gameday.It’s always fun to start your football Saturday with Rece Davis, Herbie, Desmond, and of course Corso. What makes the show most fun is that they broadcast live from college campuses. It’s always a big deal to have Lee Corso pick your team and throw on the mascot’s head (or pick against you.)Who doesn’t love seeing this?AdChoices广告So far, Oklahoma State has hosted Gameday five times, with the last coming in 2015 for Bedlam. Gameday also aired from Stillwater in 2004, 2008, and 2010 for Bedlam, and in 2013 for the match-up with Baylor. They were also at Oklahoma State’s 2014 opener against Florida State at AT&T Stadium.So that got me to thinking, with expectations what they are in Stillwater this year, and with Gameday completely skipping the Big 12 last season, there’s a good chance the ESPN crew makes a stop in Stillwater this season. With that in mind, which game would be OSU’s best chance?Let’s look at six of OSU’s home games to decide which one is most likely to lure Gameday:#6: Tulsa — August 31, 2017You’d think I’d pick Kansas in this spot, but nope. OSU opens the season at home on a Thursday night in what is now being called the Bank of Oklahoma Turnpike Classic. This isn’t out because it’s on Thursday or because OSU is playing Tulsa, it’s because we already know that Gameday is going to be at Ohio State at Indiana the same night.Other options: Ohio State at Indiana#5: Kansas — November 25, 2017There’s the Jayhawks. This is OSU’s final regular season game. Unless both teams are somehow undefeated, this isn’t happening. Kansas has only ever appeared in one other Gameday; When the 2nd-ranked Jayhawks faced No. 3 Missouri in Kansas City.other options: let’s be honest, we all know it’s going to be Alabama at Auburn#4: Baylor — October 14, 2017I just can’t see Gameday rewarding Baylor with an appearance whether it’s at their stadium or another. Plus, this team isn’t winning the Big 12 this year (and might not beat Duke for that matter).Other options: Utah at USC, Arkansas at Alabama, OU vs Texas, Ohio State at Nebraska#3: Kansas State — November 18, 2017While I do think KSU is going to have a good season, it’s going to take a match-up of top-10 teams for this one to happen. It’s also more likely Gameday shows up for Bedlam two weeks prior to this one. All that being said, there’s not a great selection of options this week, so it might only take one of the two teams being top-10, and the other in the top 15 to make this happen. Of course, ESPN could chose this to be the week they head off to an FCS game like they’ve done the past few years.Now, if Snyder announces this is his final season the week before this game happens, move this game to the top of the list!Other options: UCLA at USC, Michigan at Wisconsin#2: Oklahoma — November 4, 2017You’d think this would be number one on the list. Nope. While there is a good chance that both teams are in the top 15, I have a sneaky suspicion that both will have lost a game by now. Yes, that includes OSU. (That October stretch just looks more and more brutal every time I glance at it.)Now, there is a good chance that both teams are top-10. If that’s the case, this happens, if for no other reason than this game isn’t the last of the season like it has been the past few years.Other options: Penn State at Michigan State, LSU at Alabama, Auburn at Texas A&M, Texas at TCU#1 TCU: September 23, 2017Yep. Texas Christian. Hear me out. There is a very good chance that when the Cowboys and Horned Frogs meet, both teams will be 3-0. Granted, both will have to escape difficult road games in the first three weeks of the season for that to happen; OSU at Pittsburgh in week 3 and TCU at Arkansas in week 2. If that happens, both teams should be ranked with Oklahoma State likely in the top 10.I realize this is a bit of a gamble, as Oklahoma State has only hosted one, non-Bedlam Gameday, but the Big 12 is due, and if the league can get some Power-5 wins to start the season, they’ll be rewarded.Other options: Notre Dame at Michigan, Arkansas vs. Texas A&M, Washington at Colorado, Penn State at Iowa
Arsenal Dortmund boss Stoger hoping to avoid ‘curious and funny’ clash with Arsenal Ronan Murphy Last updated 1 year ago 18:40 23/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty/Goal Arsenal Borussia Dortmund UEFA Europa League BVB are one of 16 teams left in the Europa League, but their head coach is eager to be drawn against someone other than the Gunners in Friday’s draw Borussia Dortmund head coach Peter Stoger believes that facing Arsenal in the Europa League would be “curious and funny”.Both clubs overcame shocks in their second legs to earn their places in Friday’s last-16 draw, with Dortmund scoring a late equaliser against Atalanta to advance on a 4-3 aggregate score.Arsenal held a 3-0 lead from their first leg with Ostersunds, but two first-half goals from the visitors put Arsene Wenger’s side under pressure before Sead Kolasinac sealed their progression. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them 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 The Gunners broke their club transfer record to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeng from the German side during the January transfer window, and Stoger is hoping that the two clubs will not meet in the next round of the Europa League.It would be the first time since the 2014-15 Champions League group stage for the pair to meet, with both clubs recording 2-0 wins in their home grounds that season.In the early part of the decade, the sides seemed to be constantly drawn against each other, facing off in the 2011-12 and 2013-14 Champions League group stage as well as in 2014-15.Stoger believes it would be interesting to face the Gunners again, but would prefer a different name to be drawn from the pot, telling Sport1, it would be “curious and funny, but there are certainly other clubs that we would rather have now.”The Europa League last-16 draw takes place on Friday, February 23 at 12:00 GMT and is being held at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon. It is an open draw with no seeding, meaning any of the 16 teams could face each other.
Transfers Tottenham target Sessegnon dreaming of Premier League Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 20:42 2/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Fulham Liverpool Tottenham Hotspur Championship Premier League Manchester United Real Madrid v Barcelona Real Madrid Primera División Crystal Palace v Manchester United Crystal Palace The Cottagers left-back wants to make the jump to the top-flight, having been linked with the likes of Tottenham, Liverpool and even Real Madrid In-demand teenager Ryan Sessegnon is dreaming of the Premier League, with Fulham battling to finish in the Championship’s play-off places.Sessegnon, considered one of the hottest properties in English football, has hit 13 league goals this season for Fulham, who sit fifth in the table.The 17-year-old has been linked with Real Madrid, as well as Premier League giants including Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United, with many comparing the versatile left-sided player to Gareth Bale. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them 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 Indeed, Goal understands that Fulham rejected a £25 million bid from Spurs for Sessegnon last year, prior to Sessegnon signing a new deal at Craven Cottage.And the youngster, who followed in the footsteps of Spurs duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli in claiming the Young Player of the Year prize at the London Football Awards, is focusing on helping Fulham get to the top flight as speculation over his future continues to mount.”It’s a great feeling for me, to win two awards is a brilliant achievement, but credit to the team,” Sessegnon told Perform at the London Football Awards. “The way the team plays is good and is helping me to become a better player.”I think for any young player playing outside the Premier League, the dream is to be in the Premier League. So I think winning this award makes me want to keep improving as a player.”If you look at those two young English players [Kane and Alli], they’ve done it at a young age and they’re doing it currently in the Premier League.”I’m no different to any other player, I just want to play at the highest possible level.”Congratulations for these deserved awards, @RyanSessegnon . There will be more if you keep working hard. A proud moment for the @FulhamFC academy. #LFA18 pic.twitter.com/HOmPPzosq6 — Slavisa Jokanovic (@Jokanovic) March 1, 2018 Bale made his name at Spurs before earning a move to Real Madrid, with Sessegnon accepting it is an honour to be likened to the Wales star.”I think ever since he was at Tottenham as a young left-back, I’ve watched him for many years,” Sessegnon added. “People compare me to him and it’s great to be compared to someone like him. I’m happy to be myself and keep pushing forward.”Right now I wouldn’t say I have a favourite position, I like to play anywhere on the pitch. But I’m enjoying my role at left wing at the moment.”The London Football Awards Manager of the Year! pic.twitter.com/oLmOxoKVNw — Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) March 2, 2018 Former Fulham boss Roy Hodgson won the Manager of the Year prize, having led Crystal Palace out of the Premier League’s relegation zone, and the 70-year-old feels Sessegnon has what it takes to make it at the top level.”He’s got enormous potential, he’s playing at a club that is very close to my heart,” said Hodgson. “A very, very great club and a club which has a great possibility this year of getting back into the Premier League, where they were when I was managing them and where I’d like to see them again.”Players like Ryan Sessegnon are going to help the manager [Slavisa Jokanovic], who has done an excellent job. They’re going to help him and the club, I hope, to achieve that goal.”It was very good to see him receive the award. I was impressed with the way he spoke, with the maturity he has shown and the humility with which he spoke.”It’s important he continues to play well between now and the end of the season because, like ourselves, everything will be decided in the next couple of months and we are playing for big stakes.”
Mexico Who will Mexico call for March friendly matches vs. Iceland and Croatia? Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 23:22 13/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Chris Covatta Mexico World Cup Mexico v Iceland Mexico v Croatia Croatia Iceland Friendlies With the March friendly window providing one of the last chances for Juan Carlos Osorio to see his players in person, it will be a crucial call-up This week, Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio will announce his squad to face Iceland and Croatia, his final call-up before bringing players into camp once the European season ends and naming his World Cup roster.It will be the best indication we’ve had since the 2017 Confederations Cup of where Osorio sees the group. Who does he want to have in Russia? Is he prizing versatility over players who are really good at one thing but not as good at others? Will have give chances to some of the younger players on the fringe? Or with most of his decisions already made, is it time to get down to business and start working together toward the goals of getting out of the group, getting to the fifth game and ultimately lifting the World Cup? We’ll receive big clues this week.In all likelihood, Osorio will call more than 23 players, but we’re going to keep our projection to 23 and allow that a couple more could travel, allowing more opportunities for the coaching staff to see different players and, yes, for rotation. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them 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 GoalkeepersGuillermo Ochoa, Jesus Corona, Alfredo TalaveraThis trio seems the most likely to go to Russia, and it would stand to reason they all would be invited into this camp. It will be fascinating to see how Osorio will approach the goalkeeping situation. Alfredo Talavera is back from the knee injury that sidelined him for several months but hasn’t looked all that great for Toluca.Does Osorio toss him out against Iceland to see how he responds against a team likely to play a more direct style of soccer, the kind of game in which he’s used Talavera before? Does he give Ochoa a full game and give the other two guys a half each in the other? Is it all Memo all the time? Rotating the goalkeeper was one of Osorio’s ideas which he has discarded with experience, but it’s reasonable to expect to see all three faces during this window. DefendersHector Moreno, Nestor Araujo, Diego Reyes, Carlos Salcedo, Miguel Layun, Jesus GallardoHere they are. Your Mexico defenders at the 2018 World Cup.Sure, plenty could change, but this looks like it will be the group Osorio takes. Moreno’s fitness was in question after a training-ground injury with new club Real Sociedad forced him to miss a few contests but his goal against Alaves last week and 90 minutes against Espanyol last weekend have assuaged fears he’d miss out. Diego Reyes has become a regular for Porto, more or less. Miguel Layun’s club situation is better, with the defender now at Sevilla.Luis Rodriguez was impressive against Bosnia and Herzegovina last month but currently is out with an injury. Edson Alvarez has seen a bit more time with America lately, but it’s fair to wonder if falling out of Miguel Herrera’s first team will end the World Cup dream for the 20-year-old (he’ll have more chances to go to a World Cup). We didn’t include him, but don’t be surprised to see Hugo Ayala in the mix as well. The Tigres center back has been solid if not spectacular when he’s suited up for El Tri. Club form is sort of secondary, though. These are Mexico’s best defenders. Period. MidfieldersAndres Guardado, Hector Herrera, Jonathan dos Santos, Javier Aquino, Marco Fabian, Omar Govea, Jonathan GonzalezAndres Guardado is back in Real Betis training but didn’t appear in Monday’s win over Alaves. It’s not like he won’t be in the World Cup squad, so it’s possible he continues recuperating in Spain. His status is up in the air, but if he’s healthy, he’ll be with the group.Hector Herrera and Jonathan dos Santos seem assured. Aquino is a player who rarely gets much attention, but the way he combines with the fullbacks and his crossing put him in a category along with Mexico’s best players. He’s only 28, and absolutely could be playing abroad again should he desire.Marco Fabian is fit, and while he hasn’t been getting as much playing time as he’d like to with Eintracht Frankfurt it’s more than reasonable for the coaching staff to call Fabian up. Before being sidelined by a back issue for the majority of the season, Fabian had a solid Confederations Cup (remember this?). It will be worth having him back around the group and allowing the Mexico trainers to see where he’s at and make sure he’s good to go ahead of the summer.That brings us to the two surprise inclusions. Mexico assistant coach Luis Pompilio Paez told reporters last weekend that the coaching staff has spoken with Govea about being part of the friendly matches. He impressed in his brief appearance over the summer and would’ve been part of the January camp had his team released him. Clearly, there’s enough there to consider taking him to Russia. This is a good chance to see just what he can offer against opponents who will be taking part in the World Cup. Jonathan Gonzalez’s injury hasn’t come at a great time. He missed Monterrey’s loss to Santos Laguna on Sunday. Everything the Mexico staff has said indicates they want to see him in action again, so I’ve included him as my 23rd pick. If he can’t play, it’s not necessarily the end of his bid to make the 2018 tournament, but a good showing this month certainly would boost his chances.ForwardsJavier “Chicharito” Hernandez, Hirving Lozano, Jesus “Tecatito” Corona, Raul Jimenez, Giovani dos Santos, Oribe Peralta, Carlos VelaHow excited does Chicharito have to be to join up with the Mexico national team? Seriously, think about it. Things already weren’t going all that great for him at West Ham personally. Then, he starts to score a bit and see more minutes but gets sent back to the bench. The Hammers can’t put it together and the fans are running on the field, protesting the club. Then you go to the United States where thousands of fans are screaming your name and go into a locker room that generally seems to like hanging out with each other. It just seems like a huge shift.Anyway, he’ll be in this group. So will Hirving Lozano and Raul Jimenez. Oribe Peralta also should be included in this call-up, even though he stayed home in January. It’s a full window and Peralta’s spot in Russia isn’t exactly set in stone. Giovani dos Santos’ place didn’t seem set in stone, but Osorio loved how he approached the offseason. A hamstring injury forced him off at halftime of the LA Galaxy’s loss Sunday to NYCFC, but it looked to have happened pretty early in the half and he was okay to continue. If he’s fit, he’s in. Carlos Vela, on the other hand, was excellent in his MLS match Saturday, netting his first goal for LAFC, and should be included.(Editor’s note: Reports March 13 said Gio will be kept out of the squad because of the injury with a Liga MX-based player set to receive the call in his place.)Jesus Corona didn’t make the Panini sticker album, according to leaks, but maybe that was just because of his absence from the Confederations Cup because of personal issues. After starting with Porto in the UEFA Champions League, he should be good to go even if his form hasn’t been as impressive as it was at this time last season.
Manchester United Calamitous calls by Mourinho see Man Utd dumped out Kris Voakes Last updated 1 year ago 05:56 14/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(51) Getty Manchester United José Mourinho Manchester United v Sevilla Sevilla UEFA Champions League The Manchester United manager made a couple of huge calls in his selection and had to watch on as his side were knocked out by a limited Sevilla team When Jose Mourinho gets it right, results like Saturday’s 2-1 win over Liverpool can happen and he looks like a master. But the Manchester United manager will long be questioned over his decision to start Marouane Fellaini over Paul Pogba as they were dumped out of the Champions League by Sevilla on Tuesday at Old Trafford.Fellaini, who had not started in almost four months due to a knee injury, was given the nod over Pogba, who despite having picked up a training-ground knock last Friday had recovered sufficiently to play some part in Monday’s pre-game session.The result was United turning in an utterly abysmal showing as Wissam Ben Yedder came off the bench to strike twice in the second half and hand the Spanish side a 2-1 aggregate victory. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them 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 By the time Ben Yedder had broken the deadlock Fellaini had already been replaced in favour of Pogba on the hour mark, but the damage had in many ways been done.Mourinho’s decision to place Fellaini alongside Nemanja Matic in midfield resulted in a stagnant United engine room which was far too easily bypassed by Vincenzo Montella’s side. The Belgian’s aerial threat was clearly his main selling point but in truth they were far too disjointed to make the most of it, with a big gap often appearing between their five most attack-minded players and the five charged with limiting the damage at the back.The Portuguese had clearly made an error in playing around with his attacking midfield line too as he attempted to get the best out of Alexis Sanchez to the detriment of Marcus Rashford. After the England front man’s explosive display from the left against Liverpool he found himself shunted to the right in a bid to get Sanchez into more spaces of his own liking.The consequence for Rashford was that on the occasions he was able to get beyond defenders and into space, he had a corner flag facing him rather than the goal. And on the one occasion during the first half that he did get into a good crossing position he found six Sevilla defenders and no team-mates in the opposition box.This was about as abject a performance as United could possibly have turned in, and there was an air of inevitability about Ben Yedder’s opener when it came. A United move was broken down in midfield and the Frenchman got in between Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly to slot home Pablo Sarabia’s pass. Within four minutes he had scrambled home a second at the far post with David de Gea unable to keep the ball out despite two desperate attempts.Romelu Lukaku pulled one back but there was never going to be a miracle recovery. United’s first home Champions League knockout fixture in four years was also their last for at least 12 more months, and the inquiries can start now. How on earth did United get humiliated by such a limited Sevilla outfit?Mourinho said in the build-up that this game and the FA Cup quarter-final against Brighton on Saturday were far bigger fixtures than the win over Liverpool, but that begs the question as to why he took a gamble on a half-fit, ill-equipped Fellaini and pushed Rashford out of the position from which he thrived just three days ago.In all truth, United were never going to be good enough to win the Champions League this year. But Mourinho will now have to explain exactly why they were quite this bad on their biggest night of the season.
Transfers Transfer news & rumours LIVE: PSG ready to swoop for Mourinho Goal Last updated 1 year ago 21:11 15/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty Images Transfers Premier League Bundesliga Serie A Ligue 1 Primera División Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond PSG ready to swoop for MourinhoJose Mourinho is set to clash with Manchester United’s boards over transfer funds, opening the door for a potential move to Paris Saint-Germain, the Mirror claims.The report suggests the Portuguese wants more money in order to compete with their rivals both domestically and on the continent, with Manchester City’s spending having propelled them to the top of the Premier League.And with the Red Devils having been dumped out of the Champions League by Sevilla after having been backed to the tune of nearly £300 million over the past two years, the club’s board feel Mourinho should have made better progress with what has been at his disposal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them 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 It is said that PSG will use the tension between boss and board to lure the 55-year-old – who has a contract until 2020 – to France should the situation become untenable at Old Trafford.Madrid to rival Barca for Bayern’s AlabaReal Madrid are ready to table an €80 million bid for Bayern Munich left-back David Alaba, Diario Gol claims.A hugely versatile player capable of operating both in defence and midfield, Alaba’s relatively young age of 25 makes him a sound investment for the future.Madrid, however, could face competition from Barcelona, who are also interested in the Austria international.Mourinho wants WillianJose Mourinho wants to sign Chelsea’s Willian in the summer transfer window, according to The Sun .The Brazilian, who is set for contract talks with the Blues at the end of the season, was a target for Mourinho last summer.With Nemanja Matic having already left for Old Trafford, however, Willian was not allowed to leave Stamford Bridge.The report claims Mourinho will return for his man at the end of the season, having sent scouts to monitor his form throughout the current campaign.Man Utd have agreement for TaliscaManchester United have a gentlemen’s agreement in place to sign Anderson Talisca in the summer, A Bola reports.The Portuguese outlet claims that the Red Devils will pay up to €40 million for the attacker, with loan side Besiktas seemingly unable to meet Benfica’s valuation of the Brazilian.Mourinho turns to RakiticJose Mourinho is interested in signing Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic for Manchester United, Diario Gol reports.Mourinho is said to see the Croatian as a good alternative to top target Luka Modric, who turns 33 this year and is nearing the end of his top-level career.And with competition for midfield spots becoming tougher at Camp Nou, the Red Devils boss may just be able to convince Rakitic to swap La Liga for the Premier League.Arsenal ready €60m Modric bidArsenal are prepared to offer €60 million for Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric at the end of the season, claims Don Balon .Modric is reportedly considering a return to the Premier League in the summer, with former club Tottenham also showing an interest in the 32-year-old.Liverpool and Serie A champions Juventus would also be willing to explore a deal for the Croatia international if he decides to quit Madrid.Conte closes on PSG jobChelsea manager Antonio Conte looks increasingly likely to take over as Paris Saint-Germain coach at the end of the season, claims Sports Illustrated .Conte is being tipped to leave Chelsea in the summer following a limp defence of the Premier League title and a last-16 exit in the Champions League.With PSG also having crashed out of the Champions League at the same stage, Unai Emery is expected to be relieved of his duties, with Conte primed to take over.Milan want Donnarumma-Cavani swapAC Milan are hoping to sign Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani if Gianluigi Donnarumma moves the other way, according to Premium Sport .PSG’s search for a new goalkeeper has led to increased speculation they will sign Donnarumma, and that deal would free up the funds for Milan to take Cavani.However, Milan will have to overcome rival interest from Chelsea and Manchester United for the Uruguayan, along with the likely failure to be able to offer Champions League football next season.Batshuayi to cost Dortmund €60mBorussia Dortmund will have to pay €60 million if they want to sign on-loan striker Michy Batshuayi permanently, reports Bild .Batshuayi has enjoyed an impressive start to his Dortmund career after joining on loan from Chelsea before the close of the January transfer window.The Belgium international’s long-term Chelsea future is uncertain, but Dortmund will have to stump up big money if they want to keep the forward. Bayern consider Can moveBayern Munich are considering an approach to bring Liverpool midfielder Emre Can back to the club, reports the Mirror .Can is out of contract at Liverpool at the end of the season and has yet to agree an extension at Anfield.Juventus have long been leading the chase for the Germany international, but Bayern could now make a move for Can, five years after he left the Allianz Arena to join Bayer Leverkusen.Arsenal & Milan to fight for MeyerArsenal and AC Milan could fight it out to sign Schalke midfielder Max Meyer on a free transfer, claims Calciomercato.com .Meyer is out of contract at the end of the season and is expected to leave Schalke after failing to agree terms on an extension.The likes of Liverpool and Tottenham have also been mentioned as admirers of the 22-year-old, who reportedly favours a move to the Premier League, leaving Milan with a battle to convince the Germany international to head to Serie A.Chelsea plot Asamoah approachChelsea are interested in signing Juventus left-back Kwadwo Asamoah on a free transfer, claims The Sun . Asamoah is out of contract at the end of the season and, while Juventus are keen to keep him, the Ghanaian is weighing up a new challenge.Napoli, Inter Milan and Galatasaray are also interested, but Chelsea hope to agree a deal for Asamoah after former target Alex Sandro decided to stay at Juventus.Milan line up Depay moveAC Milan have identified Lyon winger Memphis Depay as a prime summer transfer target, according to Tuttosport .The Serie A side are looking to add a creative attacking edge to their play next season and feel former Manchester United man Depay can be the answer.Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus and Bayer Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey are also under consideration, but Depay is considered less of a gamble by Milan.Spurs to sell LlorenteTottenham are ready to sell Fernando Llorente in the summer after just one season at the club, reports the Evening Standard . Llorente joined Spurs from Swansea before last summer’s transfer window closed, but he has struggled to make a sustained impression.With Harry Kane facing a month on the sidelines, Spurs are instead expected to turn to Erik Lamela to lead the line, prompting fresh questions over Llorente’s future at the club.Milan boss Gattuso likes Wilshere ‘a lot’AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso said he is a fan of Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere ahead of the two sides meeting in the Europa League on Thursday.Wilshere’s contract is expiring at the end of the current season and the midfielder has been linked with a move to Milan, among other Serie A sides. Read what Gattuso had to say about Wilshere right here! Stuttgart set price for Spurs & Liverpool targetStuttgart have slammed the door on any prospective bids of less than €30 million for in-demand defender Benjamin Pavard. The 21-year-old has been hugely impressive for the Bundesliga side in 2017-18, and also earned his first cap for France in November. Pavard’s performances have led to reported interest from several clubs, including Tottenham, Liverpool, RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund.Read the full story on Goal right here! Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.