Kaka admits he had problems with Mourinho at Real Madridby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveKaka has spoken of his problems with Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid.The Ballon d’Or winner admits he had issues with ‘The Special One.'”I was convinced that Real Madrid would be good, I think I was persistent, I got as far as I could, to my limit,” he said to Grande Circulo de SporTV.”My problem at Madrid was continuity first and then the coach, as I spent three years trying to convince Mourinho that I should have more opportunities but it was his choice, it was out of my control.”The first year I had a hip problem, then the adductor and I was operated on.”I was out of action for six months and when I returned, it was Mourinho.”I was an excellent professional, and today I can say with great joy that I can go to Real Madrid and the doors are always open.”Florentino says that I was one of the most professional athletes in the club.”Once Mourinho left, however, things didn’t get any better for the Brazilian.”In the 2013/14 season, with the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti, Florentino Perez wanted to renew the team with players from the academy and new players, and Ancelotti was very clear with me.”He told me that the president had asked for these people to play and I told him that I had to play because I wanted to be at the World Cup, so the best option was to leave. “With football being such a small world, it was inevitable that Kaka would cross paths with Mourinho again.”There’s no problem,” he added.”I went to Manchester to a sponsor’s event, I stayed at the same hotel as him and we stayed talking for two hours.”Mourinho is exactly what people see on camera, at the time he’s explosive, but he is an extremely intelligent, very prepared guy, so what people see in the interviews is all prepared.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
TagsOpinionAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Nabil Fekir Q&A: Real Betis star on season start, Rubi & Europeby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWhile Real Betis have stumbled in the first weeks of the season, Nabil Fekir is happy with how he’s settled. We caught up with the midfielder to discuss his first impressions… Question: Well… to begin with, thank you very much for welcoming LaLiga to your new home, here at Real Betis. First of all, welcome to LaLiga, Nabil, it’s a pleasure that you are here. What attracted you to LaLiga?Answer: Well, everyone knows this championship, it’s one of the best championships in the world and coming here to play was something I was really looking forward to from the very beginning and well, now I have been able to make that challenge come true.Q: What did you see in Real Betis’ project that brought you here?A: I had a meeting with the directing board and it went well, they explained me the project they had and that they wanted to be on the top of the table, and also take a ticket to Europe next season, I liked that and I did not hesitate one second. Q: How do you see the team now, not having had a perfect start?A: Frankly, we have a great team. It is true that in the two first games, the results were not the expected but there are new players and a new coach and a new technical staff. We need to let time go by so that everyone learns to get to know each other and learn to work together and I hope that we do that very soon. Q: Before the interview we spoke about Sevilla, a very sunny, hot city, very attractive to live in. What do you think about your new home?A: I like it very much, frankly, it’s very, very good. It is true that it is a bit hotter than in France but it’s a pleasure to be here. It makes me happy. This is a calm city, there are many fans and it is a pleasure to see that so many people are involved with the club. Q: Have you had the time to visit around the city a bit?A: Yes, I have, and as I said, it’s a nice city, very calm, small and very comfortable to live in. Q: How did you adapt to the club and how did they welcome you here?A: To be honest, the welcome to the club was really, really good. They all welcomed me very well: the players, the board and the technical staff. They all did their best so that everything worked out well and it’s great they put so much effort in making a player feel good. Q: We have already talked about the first two games of the season, that left a bitter taste, but you all showed a good level. What’s there to improve in the team?A: We can improve it all, as I have said, this is the beginning of the season and I hope that the team is able to play together, finding the automatisms needed and that we are on a good mood. I don’t have any doubts on the way we train and I know that there’s great quality so I hope that we start winning from Saturday on and that the machine starts working perfectly.Q: Back there we can see the Benito Villamarín, how do you feel the support of Real Betis fans?A: As I said previously, they are amazing fans. We need them and we will need them all throughout the season. It’s now our turn to do everything we have to do so that they are happy and everyone is satisfied. Q: You have played under Rubi and you have completed the pre-season with him, you know him a bit better now. What have you learnt from him? What is he asking from you?A: He asks for me to play with freedom. We are working on the tactics and the positions. He is a new coach and that is brand-new for us. But, so far, everything’s going well and we home that we continue working in the same way we are doing now. We are working well and that’s the important thing. Q: Individually, you have shown a great level and you have marveled the world of Spanish football with your good game against Real Valladolid and your superb goal at Camp Nou. How are you feeling?A: I am feeling very well, I am happy here. Furthermore, the most important thing is the team, not me as an individual. We are a team and the most important thing is that the team wins and that things go well, but anyway, I am going to do everything possible to give my best for this club. Q: Can you tell us more about the goal you scored at Camp Nou?A: We recovered the ball upfront, after, Sergio gave it on to Loren and then Loren gave me a through pass and I put the ball where I had to put it to’ be able to score.Q: When you scored, you seemed relieved, is that a correct feeling?A:No, I was not stressed out, but obviously I like to score goals, especially being an offensive player as I am. It’s always nice to score to gain confidence but as I said, I am not the most important thing. The team is the most important thin and if the team is going well, I will be fine. Q: What do you think is the team’s goal for the season?A: The goal for the season is that we do well on the pitch, that we are focused and on a good mood, and that we can have the chance to fight for the upper spots of the table and to return to Europe, because we have a group with great quality and that is the goal we have set at the beginning of the season. Q: We have talked about Europe, I imagine that’s a dream for the team, playing in Europe and, if possible in the Champions League, right?A: Well, that will be complicated, but we are going to give our best. We have to be ambitious and I believe all players here are ambitious and that we are all eager to play at the highest level, and the highest level is in Europe and we are going to give our all to achieve it. Q: We all know that Real Betis have an astonishing midfield: Canales, Guardado, William Carvalho, Tello and yourself… How do you connect with each other and how do you play together?A: We understand each other well, as you said, it’s a high-level midfield, with great players and in a great club and now, I will have been here for a month already, we are starting to get to know each other well and everything is going better and better. Q: Joaquin is probably the most charismatic player at Real Betis and he is a club legend. How is he personally and as a player?A: He is very good, I have no complaints. He gives us his good humor and it is important to have someone like him on the team that gives his support to everyone. He has a good spirit and the mood you always have to have and in spite of being a 38-year-old he still has great quality and you can see that on the pitch. Q: Let’s go back to talking about your way of playing. We can see that it has maybe varied a bit from Lyon to Betis, because it seems as though here you have more freedom to do whatever you want and to move around freely. Is that so?A: Well, in Lyon I had a lot of freedom too, but I had been a long time there and I needed new challenges. I came here with great ambition and they paid a high amount for me and so I will give my all to show the level that they are expecting from me.Q: How do you explain the fans of Real Betis the that the team will have on the pitch under Rubi and after the great signings of Borja Iglesias and yourself?A: Well the is based on the possession. We try to hurt the opponents and we use the spaces in the best way possible with Borja upfront, intriguing them with the attackers. I hope that we can already express everything we have on the pitch.Q: Now, in LaLiga you have met many teammates from Les Bleus: Griezmann, Dembélé, Varane. Lemar, Umtiti… it seems as though LaLiga is in vogue in France. A: Yes, that’s good. As I said, this is a very attractive championship that attracts the greatest players and I hope that it continues being as it5 is and that we always have great players in this championship. Q: I imagine that the people in the club have told you about the great rivalry there is between Sevilla FC and Real Betis, how do you see Sevilla FC?A: It is true that it is the derby, but we have to take it game after game and I try to think about the present moment. This is game after game and we will already think about preparing the game against them in the week of ther derby. We will do our best to win that game. Q: Have they already explained you that the city is divided between the red and the green colours in the derby days?A: Yes, they have told me something about it, but there is nothing better than just seeing things by yourself and as I said, I am at ease, there are many games before the derby and we are preparing them, when we get to the derby week, we will focus on that game. Q: What would be the dreamt result for you in both derbies? A: The most important thing is to win. As we say in France, you don’t play a derby, you win a derby, so the most important thing is that we play a good game and that we bring it home. Q: To finish, What’s the coolest or funniest thing that happened to you ever since you arrived at Real Betis?A: Ever since I arrived at Betis… I think it was the hazing in the stage in Mexico, when they made me sing.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Liverpool chief Moore: The effing abuse I copped almost blowing Van Dijk dealby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool chief exec Peter Moore has revealed how he copped pelters from local fans after almost messing up the Virgil van Dijk deal.Moore made the revelation at the World Football Summit.He said, “I had been at work for a few days, I had been away for 40 years. And we were trying to sign Virgil Van Dijk for the first time and we got into a little mess with Southampton.”We made an apology because we were supposedly wrong about things. Well, I went out for coffee, I found a Starbucks and I was walking back with a coffee in each hand and suddenly a scouser coming along the road yells at me: ‘Instead of buying a Starbucks, you should have bought f***ing Van Dijk, damn jerk’. “So there I was with a coffee in each hand and I was back with Liverpool’s acid humor again!”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say PSV eager to take Man Utd youngster Tahith Chong on loanby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSV Eindhoven is eager to take Manchester United youngster Tahith Chong on loan in January.The 19-year-old Dutch winger, a graduate of United’s academy, has started United’s matches against Astana and Rochdale so far this season.The Sun says PSV are interested in taking Chong when the transfer window opens again in the new year.United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will decide whether or not to keep Chong at Old Trafford given the depleted ranks of his squad.But realistically, Chong is only going to get first-team football in the Europa League and domestic cup competitions this season.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Neville blasts Man Utd board: You get what you deserveby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville says the club is in it’s current state due to the board.Neville launched a scathing attack on the United board following the Red Devils’ 1-0 defeat by Newcastle at St James’ Park. He said on Sky Sports: “They have cocked it up over many years. They have cocked it up. They have cocked it up, they are responsible for this. Poor recruitment, poor selection of, well managers, going with them and then pulling off them.”Van Gaal won the FA Cup and then they sacked him. Jose Mourinho they sacked him after two and a half years when they had given him a contract six months before.”They have pulled off managers in what would be the sort of thread of it and they have gone for completely different styles of managers in Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho.”They have now gone with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has taken the club in a completely different direction again, and if you change direction as a board every two years and you invest £250million along the way in each manager you are going to have big problems.”And Manchester United are basically now getting the pain they deserve for poor decisions at board level.”Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to ensure that the clean up job that he is doing – which needs to be done because of the mess that’s gone before him – he needs to make sure that he actually gets the opportunity to spend that £250million that the others have got to spend so that he can have an opportunity.”There are things out there that I like. There are things that I liked from Jose Mourinho as well, I didn’t want him to be sacked, but there were things I liked out there today.”
LEXINGTON, KY – SEPTEMBER 23: Chauncey Gardner Jr #23 of the Florida Gators celebrates after the 28-27 win over the Kentucky Wildcats at Kroger Field on September 23, 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Florida signee Jordan Scarlett hasn’t played a down for his team just yet, but it looks like he’s going to be a Gator for life – whether or not he actually sticks with the program. Scarlett, a four-star running back commit who begins his freshman year in 2015, got a very strong Florida tattoo earlier this week. It’s of the school logo, which features mascot Albert.Go follow @thaillustratedman305 on Instagram thanks for the ink! pic.twitter.com/RI7hJT2CiH— ManChild (@Famousscarlett) April 7, 2015Scarlett is expected to be a big asset for a program looking to get back on the map. It looks like he’s ready to go.[Only Gators]
college spun staff picks week 14With the exception of the annual Army vs. Navy contest, which will be played next Saturday, college football’s regular season will wrap up this weekend. This Saturday, we’ve got a few interesting Big 12 matchups, and, of course, conference championship games. Clemson, Alabama, Iowa and Michigan State can all lock up College Football Playoff berths with victories. Stanford and UNC, meanwhile, need to both win and get help to find themselves in the field. Ohio State doesn’t play, but the Buckeyes will be glued to their televisions, hoping for chaos.In our competition, it’s come down to the wire. Matt Hladik and Dustin Tackett are tied heading into the final set of games. This week, they’ve both chosen the same teams. As such, we’ll have a total-score-based tiebreaker for the Army vs. Navy game next week.Who do you have?
Barcelona captain Lionel Messi says he has “no regrets” about his pledge to win the Champions League last season and insists the club has the same ambitions for the upcoming campaign.Addressing the club’s fans ahead of last season’s Joan Gamper Trophy match against Boca Juniors, Messi, in his first public speech as club captain, said the team would do “everything possible” to “bring that beautiful trophy” back to Catalunya.Ernesto Valverde’s side looked on course to at least reach the final when they beat Liverpool 3-0 in the first leg of their semi-final tie at Camp Nou in April. 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? However, a sensational 4-0 victory in the return game at Anfield the following month saw the Merseysiders progress to the final, where they beat Tottenham in Madrid to lift the trophy for a sixth time.A defeat to Valencia in the Copa del Rey final later that month ensured the campaign ended on a low note for Barca, despite the club securing a 26th La Liga title.Messi once again addressed the Camp Nou crowd ahead of this year’s Joan Gamper Trophy, this time against Arsenal, to issue a rallying cry ahead of the new campaign.”It’s hard to say something after last season, but I don’t regret anything,” said the 32-year-old, who succeeded Andres Iniesta as club captain last summer.“But I have no doubt that together we are going to fight again for everything. We won eight League titles in 11 years. We do not give it the value it deserves but over the years we will see how difficult it was.“This club fights for everything and this year will be no different. We have renewed dreams. Visca Barca and Visca Catalunya!”Though they have dominated Spanish domestic football in recent seasons, Barca have struggled to make their mark in Europe.Since winning the Champions League for a fifth time against Juventus in 2015, the Catalan giants have made it past the quarter-finals just once – last season’s dramatic collapse against Liverpool.During that time rivals Real Madrid have lifted the trophyon three successive occasions between 2016-2018 to extend their record haul of record European Cups to 13, much to the frustration of Blaugrana supporters.
Pep Guardiola could be forgiven for thinking he’s been here before.At home against Tottenham, in a game they dominated with the result still in the balance late on, suddenly, a chance materialises. And is taken. Then, just as suddenly, it is taken away.Back in April, it was Raheem Sterling being denied the goal which would have taken Manchester City to the Champions League semi-finals. On Saturday evening, it was Gabriel Jesus being denied the chance to take all three points. And at the same end too. 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? As such, a dramatic 2-2 draw sees City fall two behind Liverpool in the title race and, if that sounds premature, check again on the form of England’s two best teams.There is no margin for error at the top of the Premier League table. It’s the first time City have dropped points in the league since losing to Newcastle all the way back in January. It has been an astonishing, record-breaking run and it ended with a game that City probably did enough in front of goal to win. Based in the UK? Grab a Sky Sports Day Pass for just £8.99!But it’s ended because they defended poorly on the only two opportunities that came Tottenham’s way.If only Sergio Aguero had pressed Tanguy Ndombele better and prevented the ball reaching Erik Lamela on the first goal, if only Rodri had stepped up instead of stepping back when Lamela bore down on goal, then City would probably have racked up another three points.But Ederson’s net rippled, just as it did during the second half when Lucas Moura scored with a near-post header just 19 seconds after coming on as a substitute. Punishment for City for their inability to convert at the other end.So, the game ended in rancour, with City fans flipping the middle finger towards referee Michael Oliver and cursing the Video Assistant Referee too.Aymeric Laporte was adjudged to have handled a cross as it flew towards him inside the area, a marginal call at best, but one which cost City two points. They will win other matches this season which they don’t boss as much as this one.Spurs go back to London wondering how they got something out of it.But if there is to be a bright spot to be gleaned from the game for City then it is in the form of Kevin De Bruyne. City were only able to name De Bruyne in their Premier League matchday squad 20 times last season and still managed to pip Liverpool to the title.That tells you something about the strength in depth in the City squad, as well as the clarity of purpose instilled in them by their manager. There is no question, however, that City are a better team with De Bruyne. And, following a tour-de-force performance here, it’s clear to see the stand-in captain is back to his best.Last season, he managed only two Premier League assists. By half-time here, with the season only a game-and-a-half old, he had bettered that tally.Adding to the one he got against West Ham last week, De Bruyne supplied two crosses of the highest calibre to put City in the clear. And yet somehow, despite a shot tally of over 30 by the final whistle, City did not prevail.De Bruyne’s first assist was a sumptuous first-time cross to the back post to pick out Raheem Sterling, whose header was far harder to steer on target than first glances suggested. Then, the Belgian pumped a beautiful low cross to the edge of the six-yard box, from where Aguero finished with a deft touch.That would be as good as it got for the Argentina striker, who was hauled off for Jesus following the second Tottenham equaliser. There followed a brief set-to between Aguero and Guardiola.We have become accustomed to the sight of Pep delivering one-on-one coaching sessions in the gaps between play but, on this occasion, Aguero was having none of it. He crossed the white line and Guardiola put his hand on his chest before saying something, but Aguero had plenty to say in return.City’s all-time top scorer made for his seat on the bench and Guardiola was prevented from taking the argument any further when assistant Mikel Arteta diverted his attention back to the field of play.It might well have stemmed from Aguero’s part in the first Spurs goal, when he was slow to the threat of the ball moving through midfield. To substitute him, with the game in the balance, was a strange decision, particularly given the number of chances that City would go on to create.There may be more to follow on that row later, even if they had embraced when Jesus bagged what looked like the winner.The Brazilian had finished beautifully right at the death but there were clues that things were not going to go City’s way even as the Etihad jumped and sang. The assistant referee did not make his way back to the halfway line, Oliver remained inside the City half as the goal was checked.That old familiar feeling. Guardiola has said plenty of times he is an advocate of VAR. He might be saying it through gritted teeth this evening. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.