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Guardiola sets City 10-win title target

first_imgManchester City Guardiola sets 10-game title target while ruling out striker raid Joe Wright 06:21 1/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) pep guardiola - cropped Getty Images Manchester City Premier League Manchester City v Newcastle United Newcastle United Guardiola Sergio Agüero After watching his side beat Newcastle, the Blues boss wants another 30 points to make certain of a first Premier League crown under his guidance Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has set his players the target of another 10 wins to guarantee a Premier League title triumph.The leaders responded to their 4-3 loss to Liverpool last week, their first in domestic competition this season, with a 3-1 victory over Newcastle United on Saturday.That restored their 12-point lead at the top of the table after Manchester United had briefly reduced it to nine with a 1-0 win away to Burnley. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Guardiola now wants 30 more points from City’s final 14 matches to make sure of a first league title since he came to England in 2016.”Always after the defeat against Liverpool, you have a little bit of doubt how you would react – what would happen if you went two games in a row not winning,” he told a news conference. “That’s why it was so important. “We need mathematically 10 victories to be champions. We are going to try to win game by game.”Sergio Aguero scored all three goals in the win at the Etihad Stadium to take his tally for the season to 16 in just 19 league appearances.It was a ruthless performance from the Argentina international striker, whose future at the club had come under scrutiny this term amid rumours of a falling-out with Guardiola and City’s pursuit of Alexis Sanchez.With the Arsenal forward on the verge of joining Manchester United, Guardiola is more than happy to put his faith in Aguero – and Gabriel Jesus, who will be back from a knee injury next month – for the remainder of the campaign.”We are not going to buy another striker,” he said. “We have him [Aguero] and, in two or three weeks, Gabriel is back.”We are so happy for him. Before his first goal, he didn’t touch the ball. It is his gift. No words to describe him. I am so happy for him.”I think how Sergio played his career here. His reaction doesn’t depend on the fact that one player comes or doesn’t come. In the last games, apart from Anfield, he scores goals.”This chapter is over, finished, so we are going to think of the future.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Neymar injury sours PSG victory over Marseille

first_imgParis Saint-Germain 3 Marseille 0: Neymar injured in easy Classique win Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 06:00 2/26/18 Neymar AFP Neymar was injured as Paris Saint-Germain moved 14 points clear in Ligue 1 thanks to a 3-0 Le Classique win over Marseille. Neymar was carried off on a stretcher as Kylian Mbappe became the youngest goalscorer in Le Classique history, with the teenager on target in an easy 3-0 Ligue 1 win for Paris Saint-Germain against rivals Marseille.PSG needed an injury-time free-kick from Edinson Cavani to claim a draw in the reverse fixture – in which Neymar was sent off – but there was no such drama at the Parc des Princes on Sunday until the Brazilian suffered a suspected ankle injury in the closing stages.Unai Emery’s men, who have won all 14 of their home league games this season, move 14 points clear at the top of Ligue 1 as a result of their victory, with Marseille remaining third. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Mbappe gave PSG an early lead, capitalising on left-back Jordan Amavi losing his footing to run on to a Dani Alves pass and slot in a well-taken finish.Rolando’s own goal doubled PSG’s lead 17 minutes later, the defender only able to turn Neymar’s effort past goalkeeper Yohann Pele with Cavani lurking behind him.Neymar was a doubt for the game due to illness but he set up Cavani for a brilliant third after half-time to ensure PSG have a hand on the Ligue 1 trophy with 11 games still to play.Marseille will have an immediate chance to earn revenge in Wednesday’s Coupe de France quarter-final, however, with Neymar’s participation in that tie questionable after he appeared to roll his right ankle.19 – @KMbappe has become the youngest goalscorer in a “Classique” played in Ligue 1 at 19 years, 2 months & 8 days, overtaking Samir Nasri (19 years, 2 months & 17 days on 10 September 2006). Wonderkid. pic.twitter.com/qJqWKJJeUa — OptaJean (@OptaJean) February 25, 2018 Marseille were in front twice in a 2-2 draw in Le Classique earlier in the season but PSG took the lead in the 10th minute.Alves played a throughball into the box for Mbappe, with a slip by Amavi allowing the teenager to collect the pass and send Pele the wrong way with a smart low shot.@KMbappe . 1-0 PSG. #PSGOM pic.twitter.com/dU31209Aek — PSG English (@PSG_English) February 25, 2018 Neymar got above Hiroki Sakai to head wide before Lucas Ocampos was fortunate only to be shown a yellow card for a bad late tackle on Alves.PSG were dominant and their second arrived after 26 minutes, Rolando scoring an own goal.Adrien Rabiot combined with Layvin Kurzawa on the left and although Neymar’s first-time shot was heading wide of the far post, Rolando had to try to clear with Cavani ready to tap in, but the defender could only divert the ball beyond Pele.Neymar bent a superb strike narrowly wide and Marseille coach Rudi Garcia hauled Ocampos off before the break, bringing on Morgan Sanson in a bid to give Marseille a foothold.PSG continued to control the match after the interval, though, with Cavani wrapping up the points after 55 minutes.Neymar’s dazzling run and cross created the opportunity for Cavani, who took a sublime first touch, held off and turned Rolando and smashed home an unstoppable finish to score in his third successive Classique appearance.Pure class from @ECavaniOfficial in PSG’s third goal   #PSGOM pic.twitter.com/I4yg79z1ai — PSG English (@PSG_English) February 25, 2018 Rolando almost made amends for his own goal, but Alphonse Areola turned his looping header around the post.With an eye on next month’s Champions League clash with Real Madrid, Emery was able to rest Mbappe and former Marseille midfielder Lassana Diarra.But there was bad news as Neymar damaged his ankle in an innocuous challenge with Bouna Sarr, the Brazilian tearful as he left the field on a stretcher. Key Opta Facts:- Paris Saint-Germain are unbeaten in their last 16 games against Marseille in all competitions (W13, D3). The last time Marseille were victorious was in November 2011.- Unai Emery’s side have only lost twice in their last 30 games in Ligue 1 (W25, D3): in December 2017 to Strasbourg (1-2) and January 2018 to Lyon (1-2).- PSG have won their last 18 home games in all comps, their longest run ever in their history. They have also triumphed in 14 successive league games at the Parc des Princes – their longest run in the top-flight.- There were 11 players booked on Sunday, only Lille v Lyon on February 21, 2016 has seen more (12 – 10 yellow cards and 2 red cards) over the last 10 seasons.- Kylian Mbappe is the youngest player to score in a game between Paris and Marseille in Ligue 1 (19 years, 2 months and 8 days), overtaking Samir Nasri (19 years, 2 months and 17 days on 10 September 2006).- Neymar has delivered 13 assists in Ligue 1 this season, his highest tally in a single season since his arrival in Europe. Only Kevin De Bruyne (14) has delivered more in the Top 5 European Leagues this season.  read morelast_img read more

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Arsenal 0 Manchester City 3

first_imgArsenal 0 Manchester City 3: Guardiola routs Wenger again in 100th game in charge Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 05:36 3/2/18 Bernardo Silva Getty Images Arsene Wenger’s position at Arsenal looks increasingly precarious after a second thumping defeat by Manchester City in five days. Manchester City delivered another sublime show of attacking brilliance as Pep Guardiola’s side marked the manager’s 100th game in charge with a 3-0 demolition of hapless Arsenal.City beat Arsenal by the same scoreline in Sunday’s EFL Cup final win at Wembley, giving Guardiola a first trophy after 18 months in English football.And the runaway Premier League leaders – now 16 points clear of rivals Manchester United – blew Arsenal away before the break, becoming the first team to score three goals away to the Gunners in the first half of a Premier League match. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Arsenal made a decent start but Leroy Sane fed Bernardo Silva for a glorious opener after 15 minutes, and the Germany international was then involved in a stunning team goal as David Silva – who was on target at Wembley – added a second.Sane scored the third before the break, finishing off another superb move, as Arsenal were regularly sliced open at a half-empty Emirates, the stadium adorned with blue lines in the snow.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a second-half penalty saved and another heavy defeat increases the growing pressure on Arsene Wenger, whose side are 10 points outside the Champions League qualification places, as sensational City close in on the title.3 – Arsenal have conceded three goals in the first half of a Premier League home game for the first time ever. Overwhelmed. pic.twitter.com/BGR7ok0X7f— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 1, 2018Henrikh Mkhitaryan urged Arsenal to “fight” for Wenger in the build-up to the game and Ederson had to save an early sighter from the Armenia international, while Vincent Kompany deflected a cross from Aaron Ramsey into the chest of City’s goalkeeper.But the visitors scored with their first meaningful attack, Bernardo Silva netting a brilliant strike.Sane drove at the Arsenal defence with pace and skill, slipping in the Portugal international, who worked the ball on to his left foot and bent a glorious curler into Petr Cech’s top-right corner.Ederson beat away Granit Xhaka’s long-range free-kick, the goalkeeper then diving to his right to cling on to a sharp Ramsey strike.But City’s clinical cutting edge sliced Arsenal open with another breathtaking attack after 27 minutes.Sane was at the heart of it again, bamboozling Shkodran Mustafi and feeding Sergio Aguero, who laid the ball into David Silva’s path. The Spain international’s first touch was perfect, the second lashing a left-footed finish beyond a helpless Cech.If you dont like this you dont like football !!! #SharkTeam— Benjamin Mendy (@benmendy23) March 1, 2018City were rampant, a glorious third arriving within five minutes, Sane this time on target.Aguero’s clever touch on the halfway line created acres of space in the Arsenal defence, Kevin De Bruyne sliding Kyle Walker clear to square a low cross for Sane to roll the ball home.Nicolas Otamendi’s poor challenge on Mkhitaryan offered Arsenal a lifeline shortly after the restart – the Gunners having been booed off at the break – but Ederson dived to his left to keep out Aubameyang’s tame penalty.11 – Manchester City have saved 11 of the last 19 penalties they have faced in all competitions (excludes penalty shootouts). Intimidating. pic.twitter.com/zF0ZcQeTzc— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 1, 2018With the game won before the break, City were understandably less incisive, some sloppy passing marring their second-half display, while Walker limped off with 20 minutes remaining.Cech denied Aguero his 200th goal for the club but Guardiola could not have hoped for a more comprehensive victory to mark his City century, with Wenger left to wonder how to fix a team that has been heavily beaten three times by the league leaders this season. Key Opta stats:- Arsenal suffered their joint-heaviest home Premier League defeat, having also lost by three-goal margins to Coventry (1993), Middlesbrough (2001) and Chelsea (twice in 2009).- Manchester City have now scored more Premier League goals this season (82) than they scored in the entirety of last season (80).- This was Manchester City’s biggest away win at Arsenal in any competition since a 4-0 triumph in November 1912.- The Gunners have lost more matches in all competitions in 2018 than any other Premier League team (seven).- Arsenal are now on their longest Premier League run without a clean sheet (10 matches) since February 2002 (11 matches).- David Silva is only the third David to score on St. David’s Day in the Premier League, after David Dunn (Blackburn v Man City in 2003) and David Luiz (Chelsea v Man Utd in 2011).- This was the first time Arsenal conceded three goals in the first half of a home Premier League game and the first time they’d done so in a home league game since March 1989 against Nottingham Forest. read morelast_img read more

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Denmark coach mocks Paul Pogba

first_imgWorld Cup ‘Does Paul Pogba only care about his hair?’ – Denmark coach slams France’s World Cup star Dejan Kalinic Last updated 1 year ago 13:24 5/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Paul Pogba France World Cup Denmark v France Denmark France Paul Pogba Paul Pogba’s France may be among the World Cup favourites, but Denmark coach Age Hareide is unimpressed Denmark coach Age Hareide accused Paul Pogba of only caring about his hair as he labelled World Cup opponents France as “nothing special”.The Norwegian’s side will come up against France, as well as Australia and Peru, in Group C at the showpiece tournament in Russia.Manchester United star Pogba is set to play a key role for Didier Deschamps’ men, but Hareide slammed the 25-year-old. 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 “He played against Manchester City with his hair dyed blue and white, maybe he’ll have it red and white to play us,” he told Jyllands-Posten.”Does he only think about his haircuts?”Blue hair, red hero   pic.twitter.com/PhUUDj4EJO — Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 7, 2018 France are ranked seventh in the world and will enter the World Cup as one of the favourites.While accusing Les Bleus of lacking leadership, Hareide said he had seen nothing for his team to fear.”I don’t believe in this team,” he said.”The teams at the top of the world rankings are the best in the world, but this is not the case for France.”I saw France against Sweden in Stockholm. They are nothing special.”Denmark open their World Cup campaign against Peru in Saransk on June 16.last_img read more

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Tour Diary Men’s 50’s

first_imgAfter victory over the Kiwis in Game 2 on Saturday and taking the series the team completed our ice baths and headed back to the hotel for a swim and relax, followed by a team dinner. There was still some concern in our camp for our winger Pete Knowles  who was knocked out in game one and still feeling quite poorly. After dinner the team, minus Pete, headed out to catch the Cowboys versus Raiders NRL match as guests of  former ACT and Australian Touch Footballer turned Cowboys coach Neil Henry. After the match the players did a bit of mingling with the Raiders who were guests at the accommodation for dinner. A tired bunch of the players then went  to their rooms to watch a bit of World Cup Soccer action, but most didn’t make the kick off. On Sunday we had an early breakfast, and final preparations for the remaining match. There was some concern for a few injured players but nobody was going to miss an opportunity to represent their country and assist in a clean sweep of the tournament. It was a great start to the game for the Aussies, shooting out to an early 3-0 lead. The Kiwis kept coming and pulled back one touchdown to leave us with a 5-1 lead at half time. A solid and equal second half from both teams had the final score at 8-3. Coach Budgie  gave the boys a post match debrief, and stalwart Mick McCall informed his team mates he has played his last game  of Representative Touch (retirement should be kind). At three games to nil, it was a job well done for the Men’s 50’s, and we now prepare to celebrate the victory with the Australian function tonight.Garry Lawless – Men’s 50’s Captainlast_img read more

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Talking Touch – August

first_imgThere was some fantastic media coverage of Touch Football in the month of August, including the NRL-TFA announcement as well as the announcement that Coffs Harbour will host the 2015 World Cup.To view the stories, please click on the links below.NRL and Touch Football Australia PartnershipThe National Rugby League and Touch Football Australia have today launched an historic sporting partnership.http://www.nrl.com/nrl-and-touch-football-australia-partnership/tabid/10874/newsid/74000/default.aspx NRL to grow via Touch Football: CEOWith Touch Football finally under its wing, rugby league is en route to being the game of the people.http://www.nrl.com/nrl-to-grow-via-touch-football-ceo/tabid/10874/newsid/74008/default.aspx Merger puts NRL in touch with 2m player baseThe NRL and Touch Football Australia launched a historic sporting partnership last week representing the biggest boost to participation and game development in the history of either sport.http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/merger-puts-nrl-in-touch-with–2m-player-base-20130813-2rujo.html Touch of skill shown to form partnershipThe NRL and Touch Football Australia launched a historic sporting partnership last week representing the biggest boost to participation and game development in the history of either sport. http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/touch-of-skill-shown-to-form-partnership-20130813-2ruje.html Touch Footy and NRL join forcesThey peg it as the “greatest game of all” and now it’s set to be the biggest game of all, with the announcement yesterday that NRL and Touch Football Australia will join forces.http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/touch-footy-and-nrl-join-forces/story-fni3fbgz-1226696613642 Touch Football and Rugby League join forcesTouch Football associations and rugby league clubs are expected to benefit from a new sporting partnership launched yesterday.http://www.maitlandmercury.com.au/story/1703210/touch-football-and-rugby-league-join-forces/?cs=12 NRL reminds ASADA it expects a fair goSmith was joined at Allianz Stadium yesterday along with a host of NRL stars including Sonny Bill Williams, Anthony Minichiello, Josh Morris, Matt King and Beau Champion to announce a partnership with TFA. The new agreement will bring more than 1.03 million participants together playing in competitions under a joint NRL-TFA banner.http://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/nrl/nrl-reminds-asada-it-expects-a-fair-go/story-fnca0von-1226696609630NRL to grow via Touch Football: CEOWith Touch Football finally under its wing, rugby league is en route to being the game of the people.http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1800045/NRL-to-grow-via-touch-football-CEO  NRL, Touch merger merger must benefit allTaree Touch president Graham Goodwin hopes the agreement announced this week between the NRL and Touch Football Australia will benefit the game at all levels.http://www.manningrivertimes.com.au/story/1709782/nrl-touch-merger-must-benefit-all/ Nice touch boosts both codesTouch Football has unearthed some of the biggest names in the NRL.Wests Tigers star Benji Marshall represented Australia at touch footy, while Warriors halfback and Panthers fullback Matt Moylan were outstanding junior players.http://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/touch-football-unearthed-biggest-names/1983583/World Cup Coming to CoffsCoffs Harbour Council has won its bid to host the Touch Football World Cup in 2015.http://www.nbnnews.com.au/index.php/2013/08/07/world-cup-coming-to-coffs/Touch World Cup on the way (video)A Mid North Coast city has been chosen to host the 2015 Touch Football World Cup. http://au.prime7.yahoo.com/n1/news/a/-/national/18401870/touch-world-cup-on-the-way-video /Coffs Harbour selected as host city for 2015 Touch Football World CupHundreds of international Touch Football players will converge on the Coffs Coast in about two years time.http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-08-07/coffs-harbour-selected-as-host-city-for-2015-touch-football-wor/4871038Touch Football World Cup coming to Coffs Harbour in 2015Touch Football players from around the globe are coming as Coffs Harbour announced as host of 2015 FIT Touch Football World Cup.http://www.coffscoastadvocate.com.au/news/touch-football-world-cup-coming-coffs-harbour-2015/1975123/Glory for under 14’s girlsA special  group of friends battled to claim the NSW Touch Football under 14s title in February, and last night soared with the same tenacity to be crowned Junior Team of the Year when the Wagga Sports Awards were announced.http://www.dailyadvertiser.com.au/story/1738377/glory-for-under-14s-girls/?cs=149 Three decades of Touch: from humble beginnings to hosting international gamesWhat a year 1983 was. It was the year Star Wars: Return of the Jedi opened in cinemas, Australian Dick Smith completed his solo circumnavigation in a helicopter, Bob Hawke became Prime Minister then famously said: “Any boss who sacks anyone for not turning up today is a bum.” – after Australia II won the America’s Cup and touch football was born in Mudgee.Three decades on and the Mudgee Touch Association will celebrate their 30th anniversary tomorrow night with a special dinner at the Mudgee Golf Club.http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/story/1741878/three-decades-of-touch-from-humble-beginnings-to-hosting-international-games/?cs=1233 Rocky to host Junior State Touch Football Titles this weekendRiley Huggers and Tamika Upton will vie for Queensland team selection as the Junior State Touch Football Titles kick off in Rockhampton.Rockhampton’s Cyril Connell Touch Football fields will be alive with action this weekend as teams from all over the state battle it out in the junior championships.http://www.cqnews.com.au/news/rocky-to-hjunior-state-touch-football-titles/2003580/ Redlands players make national Touch finalsThree Redlands under-12 touch football players will represent Queensland at the national titles in October. Thornlands State School’s Manaia McIntyre, Birkdale South State School’s Bradley Russell and Sheldon College’s Drew Price were selected for the side after playing in the Metropolitan East team at the state competition in Caboolture.http://www.baysidebulletin.com.au/story/1694722/redlands-players-make-national-touch-finals/Summer fun for all agesCanberra Times, 16/08/2013Community: Touch football is a great way to keep fit and healthy, build confidence and make new friends.Touch Football ACT is set to begin its 2013 summer season.Junior competitions will be running in Gungahlin (Amaroo), Belconnen (Kippax), Canberra City (Southwell Park, Lyneham), Woden (Deakin), Tuggeranong (Wanniassa) and Narrabundah (Boomanulla Oval). All competitions are played in school years, so players can form a team with their friends from school and run around together.Costs per player are $65 for kindergarten to year 4 and $85 for years 5 to 10, with no further costs to be paid for the entire season. The summer season runs during term four, starting in week 1 (October 14). Nominations are now open, and close September 16.Touch Football ACT also runs adult competitions all year round, and will be launching its 2013/14 summer domestic season in October as well. Costs are $1200 per team to enter any competition in Gungahlin, Canberra City or Woden. Be quick – places fill very quickly in its competitions and nominations also close September 16.If refereeing is more your thing, Touch Football ACT pays its referees $20 per game for senior touch.For more information, phone 6212 2880 or visit www.acttouch.com.auState representation turns into family affairChronicle (Toowoomba), 21/08/2013Touch Football is a family affair for Chloe and Lachlan Watt.The siblings both play club football every week for Saints, along with their parents Kellie and Geoff Ryan.And now they will represent Queensland together at the National Schools Championships in Darwin in October.Chloe is the older sibling at 14 and she has played for Queensland once before.Chloe said she was determined make the team again after helping the Darling Downs under-15 girls finish fifth at the state titles.“I’ve made Darling Downs the last couple of years. I guess there was a little bit of pressure to make the Queensland team again but it’s exciting,” she said.“It’s an honour to play for Queensland.”Lachlan, 12, will make his Queensland debut at nationals.Despite only being in the under-12 school team, Lachlan has shown he can excel at the higher level, playing for the Saints A-grade men.He has also represented Darling Downs in rugby league but said he preferred the faster pace of touch.“They’re good sports, but they’re a lot different,” he said.“It’s more contact in rugby league but you need a bit more speed in touch and you’ve got to be fitter too.”Nationals will be a rare opportunity for the siblings to play at the same competition.Chloe said she could have some advice for her brother but admitted there was a bit of a friendly rivalry there so Lachlan probably wouldn’t listen.“I’d tell him just run hard and play well, but he’ll just do his own thing,” she said.“I’ve made two Queensland teams so there’s a bit of pressure on him,” she joked.Mum Kellie said Chloe and Lachlan always pushed one another to play their best.“They are competitive against each other and they push each other to their potential,” she said.If you see a story from your local area that you’d like to see on the Touch Football Australia website, please email media@austouch.com.au. Related LinksTalking Touchlast_img read more

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10 months agoLiverpool defender Van Dijk: My Alisson wind-up after Man Utd win

first_imgLiverpool defender Van Dijk: My Alisson wind-up after Man Utd winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk admits he enjoyed a dig at Alisson after victory over Manchester United.Such is the strength of spirit in the dressing room, Van Dijk felt comfortable jokingly admonishing the Brazil international afterwards.”I said to him “We have no clean sheet because of you!” No, I made a joke out of it. He’s been fantastic for us,” he said.”It happens, everyone makes mistakes. Maybe I didn’t react as well as maybe I could have. It happens sometimes.”It’s how we react and he did brilliantly in the second half. He didn’t get nervous. We had to all bounce back and we did. I said to him, ‘Just keep going, keep your head up and we’ll be fine.'” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoCardiff boss Warnock finds Zohore positive in Man Utd defeat

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Cardiff boss Warnock finds Zohore positive in Man Utd defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock found a positive in Ken Zohore’s return for their thrashing by Manchester United.He suggested the Dane, if back to his best, could boost Cardiff’s January transfer search for a new striker.“I was pleased our ‘new signing’ Ken Zohore played quite well today, I have been waiting for that for three months,” he said.“He’s trained really well and looks more like himself from last year. That has been a massive plus for me.“If he plays well it helps our search for a striker, as it is not the most important thing if he plays like that.“But if on January 31 he goes back to how he has been, I’ve got problems! I need him to set his stall out and show me what he can do.” last_img read more

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a month agoPSG coach Thomas Tuchel linked with Man Utd

first_imgPSG coach Thomas Tuchel linked with Man Utdby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG coach Thomas Tuchel is being linked with Manchester United.United sees him as an alternative to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should the Red Devils boss fail to improve results, says Le 10 Sport.The Old Trafford-based club gave Solskjaer a three-year contract just six months ago.Barcelona are also interested in hiring PSG boss Tuchel.The Red Devils failed to qualify for this season’s Champions League last campaign in which Solskjaer took over half way through. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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13 days agoMan Utd insist Pogba can make Liverpool clash

first_imgMan Utd insist Pogba can make Liverpool clashby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United aren’t panicking over Paul Pogba’s toe injury.The Sun says he is winning his race to be fit for Manchester United’s huge clash with Liverpool after the international break.The French World Cup winner has played in just two of United’s last seven games.Reports in France have suggested Pogba also has a cracked toe picked up in the Carabao Cup game against Rochdale although manager Solskjaer made no mention of that when discussing his injury.United will desperately need him for the Old Trafford date with Premier League leaders Liverpool a week on Sunday. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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11 days agoReal Madrid veteran Luka Modric eases injury fears

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid veteran Luka Modric eases injury fearsby Carlos Volcano11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid veteran Luka Modric has played down an injury suffered in action for Croatia last night.He left the Wales clash injured with two minutes remaining. Modric collided with Harry Wilson while attempting to halt a counter-attack by the hosts.The Madrid midfielder was able to get back onto his feet and after receiving treatment from Croatia’s medical team, asked to be taken off. He limped off the field without hardly being able to walk on his right leg.But he has since stated this morning: “I have a bruise, which hurts a little and is swelling. It’s big, but I think it’s not serious and I’ll be fine in a few days.”It is an injury that Dr. Jankovic (the Croatian national doctor) said was unpleasant, but should not be long. He immediately communicated it to the doctors of Real Madrid.” last_img read more

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Clemson Football Tweets Hype Vine For Notre Dame Game Featuring Drake And Future’s “Big Rings”

first_imgQuarterback Deshaun Watson of the Clemson Tigers reacts after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Quarterback Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The No. 12 Clemson Tigers host No. 6 Notre Dame on Saturday night in Death Valley. It promises to be a raucous environment for a crucial match-up for both team’s prospective College Football Playoff hopes. Clemson tweeted out a hype vine earlier this afternoon featuring quarterback DeShaun Watson and other Tigers donning headphones while lines from Drake and Future’s song “Big Rings” play in the background. The lyrics that are heard –“What a time, to be alive/You and yours, vs. me and mine”–are appropriate for the upcoming showdown.What a time to be alive… What a time to be a Tiger. #NDvsCLEM #ALLIN  #Clemson https://t.co/mu4rnARHAG— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) September 28, 2015 This game is shaping up to be a good one. The Tigers and Fighting Irish square off at 8 PM EST on ABC Saturday night.last_img read more

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‘England should play Alexander-Arnold in midfield’

first_imgEngland have been urged to consider deploying Trent Alexander-Arnold as a midfielder, with former Liverpool star Danny Murphy seeing the 20-year-old wasted in a full-back role with the Three Lions.A standout 2018-19 campaign has just come to a close for the highly-rated youngster.He starred for his club side as they pushed Manchester City close in the Premier League title race and landed Champions League glory with victory over Tottenham. 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? Alexander-Arnold contributed 16 assists across those two competitions, before going on to impress for his country in a Nations League third-place play-off clash with Switzerland.He is considered to have a bright future, with his crossing ability sparking comparisons with David Beckham, and Murphy believes a role further up the field could bring even more out of him.The ex-Liverpool and England midfielder told talkSPORT of Alexander-Arnold: “Trent is becoming a real threat.“His crossing is so consistently good, it’s such a weapon. He is consistently putting the ball in ridiculously dangerous areas.“At the moment with our [England’s] lack of creativity in the middle of the park, I think we have to get this lad in the team constantly.“I’m not saying we should be relying on a 20-year-old, but when he’s fit, when he’s flying and he’s confident, he has to play.“We did so well in the World Cup as Gareth Southgate stuck at the three at the back, but now he’s changed to a four and he’s probably got his reasons.“But if you play a four with England, what you’re doing is restricting Trent a little bit.“So then how do you get the best out of him? I think it’s a bit further up and giving him that freedom.”Alexander-Arnold is accustomed to having to provide width at Liverpool, with Mohamed Salah operating in front of him in a forward role that gives him freedom to drift inside.He is being asked to take on similar duties with England and Southgate has plenty of alternative options at his disposal when it comes to wingers.Raheem Sterling, Jadon Sancho and Callum Hudson-Odoi are exciting options in those berths, while Marcus Rashford has often been used on the flanks when operating in the colours of his country. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Gareth Bale: A Real Waste

first_imgFrom €100m CR7 to €75m De Ligt – Juve are the new Galacticos How Real Madrid can make €300m just by selling back-up players Bale agent dismisses Tottenham rumours as ‘rubbish’ Real Madrid expect lengthy wait on Pogba move The 100 most expensive transfers of all timelast_img

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College Football Team Getting Paid Record $2 Million For Game This Weekend

first_imgAn interior view of the Florida Gators football stadium.GAINESVILLE, FL – SEPTEMBER 10: A general view as the University of Florida Gators takes on the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 10, 2005 in Gainesville, Florida. Florida defeated Louisiana Tech 41-3. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)Jim McElwain was fired from Florida last year, but the Gators are very much still paying for his tenure, especially with this weekend’s game against Colorado State.Colorado State did a great job on McElwain’s contract when he was head coach of the Rams.He became a hot commodity after a 10-2 2014 season, his third with CSU. He had steady progress, going from 4-8 in his first year, to 8-6, to that 10-win season, which led to him being hired by the Gators.As part of the $7 million buyout Florida paid to Colorado State, the Gators will pay their visitors a record $2 million for this weekend’s game. ESPN has more on the $2 million deal between Florida and Colorado State.The Gators will be paying off their $2 million guarantee to the Rams — the largest single-game payout that any one school has paid to another.[…]“We’re getting paid $2 million?” Rams coach Mike Bobo said. “That’s good.”The previous record for a single-game guarantee that any one school has paid to another without getting any compensation in return was $1.7 million, which Ohio State gave Oregon State earlier this season and will be matched in three other games later this season.McElwain looked to be continuing his success at Florida at first, going 10-4 in his first year in Gainesville. Things slid a bit in year two, despite another SEC East title, and in year three, it became clear that he wasn’t figuring out the long-struggling Gators offense.He finished with a 22-12 (16-8) record in two-plus years at UF.Florida is 1-1 on the year, after falling to Kentucky for the first time in over three decades last weekend. Colorado State is 1-2, but coming off an upset win over another SEC squad, Arkansas.[ESPN]last_img read more

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NFL Draft 1st Round Pick Arrested At Team’s Hotel

first_imga general view of the chiefs-49ers gameSANTA CLARA, CA – OCTOBER 05: A general view during the Kansas City Chiefs game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)A former NFL Draft first round pick is being released.Reuben Foster, a former college football star at Alabama, was arrested in Tampa Bay on domestic violence charges Saturday night at the San Francisco 49ers’ team hotel.ESPN.com had the details:An arrest report from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office said Foster was booked into jail at 11:11 p.m. He is being held without bail.Foster was arrested by Tampa police at 9:10 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt hotel, where the team is staying before playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.The 49ers didn’t immediately respond to request for comment. But general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan said in April following a previous arrest for Foster on domestic violence charges that were eventually dropped that the team had a zero-tolerance policy on the issue.The 49ers have decided to release Foster this morning.The #49ers are releasing LB Reuben Foster, their former first round pick who is still in jail on another domestic violence charge. He goes on waivers.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 25, 2018Foster was a first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. He remains in jail this morning.And with the 49ers getting ready to play the Buccaneers today, their now former LB Reuben Foster remains in jail on a domestic violence charge.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 25, 2018Stay tuned.last_img read more

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Video: Hugh Freeze Held The Most Bizarre Press Conference Of Week 1

first_img Instead, he was beamed into the press room from the bed.Liberty head coach Hugh Freeze with a different style of press conference tonight. He coached from a hospital bed in a coaches booth due to a back injury which he says he’ll have more of an update on in a few days.Freeze on how he coached from the booth tonight: pic.twitter.com/EftJ7wFSUr— Josh Schafer (@Schafer_44) September 1, 2019Considering a Liberty football staffer admitted that having Hugh Freeze in the stadium probably isn’t helping his recovery, you would hope that he and the program would be focused on his recovery early in the season.Instead, he reportedly plans to make the road trip to Liberty’s Week 2 game against Louisiana-Lafayette.Liberty head coach Hugh Freeze will work from a hospital bed in the coach’s booth tonight, per LU Athletics.Freeze’s staph infection is gone, but he’s only two weeks into a 4-6 week recovery from surgery. He’s most comfortable when reclined and plans to fly to ULL next week.— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) August 31, 2019In some ways, his dedication to the team is admirable, but you have to wonder if this is all being handled the right way. Hugh Freeze delivers his post-game press conference from his bed after Syracuse beat Liberty.TwitterThose who tuned into No. 22 Syracuse’s game on the road at Liberty on ESPN+ were treated to maybe the most bizarre secondary storyline of the young college football season, with Hugh Freeze coaching from a bed in the coaches box.Just two weeks before his first game as head coach at Liberty, Freeze came down with a life-threatening staph infection. Luckily, he is on the mend, but he still has weeks left in his recovery.Rather than miss the game completely, Freeze went with what can only be described as a unique coaching situation, as he watched the game laying on his back. He could not make his way to the locker room at any point, so he only had a few opportunities to talk to his team at all.Behind a dominant defensive line performance, Syracuse won the game 24-0. Obviously, Freeze could not deliver a typical post-game press conference.last_img read more

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Manu Sawhney appointed ICC’s Chief Executive Officer

first_imgManu Sawhney appointed ICC’s Chief Executive OfficerManu Sawhney to replace David Richardson who will step down as the CEO of the International Cricket Council after the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.advertisement Press Trust of India DubaiJanuary 15, 2019UPDATED: January 15, 2019 18:05 IST Manu Sawhney will join ICC next month before formally taking over the reins from David Richardson in July (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSManu Sawhney replaces David Richardson as the new CEO of ICCRichardson’s contract expires at the end of 2019 World Cup in England and WalesSawhney was with ESPN Star Sports for 17 yearsThe International Cricket Council on Tuesday appointed media professional Manu Sawhney as its new chief executive officer, replacing incumbent David Richardson, who will step down after the World Cup.Richardson’s contract expires at the end of this summer’s ODI World Cup in England and Wales.Sawhney, the former CEO of Singapore Sports Hub and Managing Director of ESPN Star Sports, will join the organisation next month before formally taking over the reins from Richardson in July, the ICC said in a statement.The appointment was ratified by the ICC Board following a global search and appointment process led by the apex body’s chairman Shashank Manohar and the Nominations Committee.Manohar said: “He brings 22 years of outstanding commercial experience to the ICC and will lead the delivery of our new global growth strategy for the game…Manu stood out as the man to work with our Members and take cricket forward.”Sawhney, was with ESPN Star Sports for 17 years and, during his tenure as Managing Director was responsible for scaling the business and doubling annual revenues.”He has proven success in a number of leadership roles in both sport and broadcasting. He is a strategic thinker and understands the cricket landscape and its complexities. The decision of the Nominations Committee to recommend Manu to the Board was a unanimous one…”Additionally, Sawhney led the global broadcast partnership deal with the ICC that ran from 2007-2015. He is also a non-executive director and member of the Audit Committee of Manchester United Ltd.advertisementHe said: “It is a great privilege and responsibility to serve the global cricket community as CEO of the ICC.”Sawhney will work alongside outgoing CEO Richardson to ensure a smooth transition of leadership before assuming control in July.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Manu SawhneyFollow David RichardsonFollow International Cricket Councillast_img read more

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MS Dhoni overtakes Virat Kohli for highest average in successful run chases

first_imgMS Dhoni overtakes Virat Kohli for highest average in successful run chasesIndia vs Australia 2nd ODI: MS Dhoni remained unbeaten on 55 as India (299/4) beat Australia (298/9) by 6 wickets to level 3-match series 1-1 at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday.advertisement Rohan Sen AdelaideJanuary 15, 2019UPDATED: January 15, 2019 17:34 IST MS Dhoni took his tally to 4551 runs in run chases in ODI cricket (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBrief scores – India (299/4) beat Australia (298/9) by 6 wickets to level 3-match series 1-1With his unbeaten 55, Dhoni took his career average of 99.85 in successful run chases in ODIsThe 37-year-old was involved in a 82-run stand for the 4th wicket with Kohl, who made 104 off 112 ballsBrief Scores: India (299/4; Kohli 104, Dhoni 55 not out) beat Australia (298/9; Marsh 131, Maxwell 48, Bhuvneshwar 4 for 45) by 6 wickets. Full ScorecardMahendra Singh Dhoni rolled back the years and finished yet another game at the Adelaide Oval as India beat Australia by 6 wickets in the second ODI to level the three-match series 1-1 on Tuesday.It was captain Virat Kohli who led the chase with the bat scoring 104 off 112 balls and brought up his 39th ODI hundred but Dhoni stood there at the crease till the very end and took India over the line with just 4 balls to spare. He likes to take the match deep and he did just that and managed to win the game for the team.Dhoni, who was trolled on social media and criticised by pundits after his slow knock in the first ODI in Sydney, answered his critics with the bat, remaining unbeaten on 55 off 54 balls.India chased down the target of 299 to register the second highest successful run chase at the Adelaide Oval.The knock also saw Dhoni overtake Kohli as the batsman with the highest average in successful chases in ODIs (minimum 25 innings).Dhoni is now averaging a ‘Bradmanesque’ 99.85 while Kohli is close second with 99.04.Highest batting average in successful chases in ODIs (min.25 inns):99.85 MS Dhoni99.04 Virat Kohli#AUSvINDRajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) January 15, 2019The 37-year-old, who was struggling for breath towards the end of his knock, smashed a six on the first ball of the last over to take India within one run of the target and took a single off the very next ball to win the game.advertisementAnd a six…MS Dhoni and a finishing six… Still better love story than Twilight..!! #Dhoni #MSD #India pic.twitter.com/oDxBPX4VaiAnshul Maheshwari (@maheshwari93) January 15, 2019A last over thriller in Adelaide. #TeamIndia clinch the 2nd ODI by 6 wickets courtesy winning touches from @imVkohli @msdhoni & @DineshKarthik. 1-1 #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/aMI0q5BhajBCCI (@BCCI) January 15, 2019The six brought back memories of the 112-metre maximum he had hit against Clint McKay seven years ago in the 4th match of the tri-series at the same venue and won the match for India.Dhoni had remained unbeaten on 44 off 58 in that match which India won by 4 wickets, chasing down 270 in 49.4 overs.Legends don’t need to prove their worth to anyone. Great display of class and temperament by Mahi bhai @msdhoni and @imVkohliCongratulations on the win!#AUSvINDJasprit bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) January 15, 2019This time the former India skipper played even better as he managed a strike rate of over 100 with just two sixes during his knock.Dhoni was involved in a 82-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Kohli but once the Indian captain departed, the 333-ODI veteran took up the responsibility of finishing the game along with Dinesh Karthik, who was not out on 25.How’s this for a shot from Virat?!Stream this run chase via Kayo here: https://t.co/3fNQjC4Hmh #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/Q9KITbHLTUcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 15, 2019The duo were involved in a 57-run stand for the fifth wicket which took India over the line.”MS was tired as well, fielding for 50 overs and batting as well, it was tough. So a good day to rest and travel and recover and regroup for the MCG. Tonight was an MS classic.”He takes the game till the end, when only he knows what’s going on in his mind, and he backs himself to hit those big shots at the end. And hats off to Dinesh too, he came in and took the pressure off him,” Kohli praised his predecessor at the post-match presentation.The focus will now shift to the final ODI between the two sides with the series locked at 1-1. The final match will be played Melbourne on January 18.Also Read | India vs Australia: Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni help India gun down 299, series level 1-1Also Read | Virat Kohli scores 39th ODI hundred: Shane Warne leads tributes for the KingAlso Read | India vs Australia: Virat Kohli hits 39th ODI hundred, 6th against AustraliaAlso Read | India vs Australia: Mohammed Siraj most expensive Indian bowler on ODI debutFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Adelaide ODIFollow Virat Kohlilast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: 5 things to look for in India’s World Cup run

first_img Anita Jat SouthamptonJune 5, 2019UPDATED: June 5, 2019 15:40 IST 5 things to look for in India’s World Cup run. (PTI)India are all set to begin their World Cup campaign as one of the favourites against South Africa. With two World Cup titles, India are tied with the West Indies and under Virat Kohli, the Asian giants are bidding for their third world title.Going into the World Cup, India have everything a team needs to shine in glory — a strong top-order, feisty fast bowlers, reliable all-rounders and likes of Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni.Virat Kohli is without a doubt among the pantheons of all-time greats. He has already won a World Cup with India in 2011, playing an important role on more than one occasion, but the 2019 World Cup will represent a watershed moment in his limited-overs captaincy career.Though Kohli will lead the Indian side, he will have assistance from veteran MS Dhoni who has done it before the country.In 2011, Dhoni has helped Sachin Tendulkar finish his spectacular cricketing career with a World Cup glory. In 2019, with speculation around his retirement post the World Cup, will he be able to do it once again for himself?Here we take a look at 5 things as India to look to start their World Cup campaignIndia vs Pakistan clash, June 16An India vs Pakistan group clash or a World Cup final, which of the two would carry more entertainment value. To come up to a result, go back in the time and recall the 2015 India vs Pakistan match in Adelaide. Streets buzzing with the chants of supporters, a stadium with a huge sea of blue and patches of green, and loud cheers from crowds overpowering the music and lightning in the sky after the match result–this frenzy is unmatchable even to a World Cup final.advertisementLabeled as one of the greatest sports rivalries in the world, India against Pakistan is a final before the eventual World Cup final. The match not only excites the sporting connoisseur inside us but also evokes patriotism among the common man that comes on the back off the historic the relationship these two countries share.The two teams have met 6 times in the World Cup since its inception in 1975 and India have not lost to Pakistan even on a single occasion.After putting a ban on bilateral series for an indifferent time, the last time the two teams faced each other was in the final of the 2017 Champions Trophy. The match attracted a worldwide TV audience of nearly half a billion people and went on to become the second-most watched game of cricket ever.Come June 16 at Old Trafford and the two giants will meet up once again for the biggest game of cricket.MS Dhoni’s last World Cup?Since MS Dhoni announced his retirement from the Test cricket following the drawn Test against Australia in Melbourne in 2014, there has been a lot of chatter around his ODI career too due to his prolonged aging career.The 2019 World Cup is speculated to be the 37-year-old’s last international appearance in the cricketing arena.MS Dhoni’s prowess in limited-overs is not a hidden secret. He has led India to their first World Cup win in nearly 30 years and also lifted the T20 World Cup and Champions Trophy in 2007 and 2013 respectively.Carrying the reputation of the brain of the cricket’, MS Dhoni will not lead India at England but will play a crucial role in the field setting when captain Virat Kohli takes the hold of the outfield. The wicket-keeper-batsman also lifts the spirits of bowlers by going back to them in the middle of the overs and telling them how to discomfort the opposition batsmen.India coach Ravi Shastri has already said MS Dhoni will be a very big player for India at the 2019 World Cup and with his shape tactics behind the stumps, we know how valuable Dhoni could be for the side in helping India lift their 3rd World Cup trophy.Virat Kohli lifting his first World Cup as captainAt the joint captain’s conference last week in London, when a kid asked the skippers if afforded a chance, which player from the opposition team would they pick in their side, Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza replied, “that guy,” pointing at Virat Kohli.With his unmatchable skills in the ODI format, who wouldn’t want the best batsman on their side? Mark Waugh, Allan Border and many others have already picked Virat Kohli as their favourite for the 2019 World Cup on the back of what the Indian batsman has achieved in the past some years.advertisementLast year Virat Kohli became the fastest to score 10,000 ODI runs to break legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s record. He is also the only active cricketer to have 41 ODI centuries, second only to Tendulkar (49).Kohli has time and again proven himself as a batsman but his captaincy came under scanner after a disastrous IPL season with Royal Challengers Bangalore. Virat Kohli will play a dual role at the 2019 World Cup and will have a golden chance to put an end to all the questions raised on his captaincy.If India wins the World Cup on July 14, we could also Virat Kohli running down the Lord’s ground without a shirt, emulating Sourav Ganguly’s famous celebration after the Natwest Trophy win in 2002 at the same venue.World best bowler Jasprit BumrahWith an unconventional bowling action and never-say-die attitude, Jasprit Bumrah is already counted among the best in the world and as the best fast bowler, India has ever produced.The 25-year-old was spotted six years ago by former India coach John Wright at a local T20 Tournament and he went to carve his space for himself in the national side with his pace and accuracy.Jasprit Bumrah has shown what he is capable of doing at the 2019 Indian Premier League, a fortnight ago. He has not only picked 19 wickets in 16 matches for the Mumbai Indians but has also defended runs in the penultimate overs to guide Mumbai Indians to the title victory.Bumrah’s yorkers are so perfect that his ball falls directly on batsman’s toe to trap them for an LBW. He has become the captain’s man with his wicket-taking ability and death overs spell.With no spin on offer at the first half of the World Cup in England and Wales, Bumrah will have a crucial role to play for the side to help India sail through the knockout rounds.Crazy fan clubsWith cricket being followed as a religion in India, having dedicated groups following the team around the world doesn’t come as a surprise. Game anthems were earlier only associated with football but when it comes to India, cricket draws no less attention than a Premier League match.Remember the Rishabh Pant song that went viral after the wicket-keeper scored an unbeaten 159 to guide India to a Test win against Australia? That was a product of Bharat Army’s creative brain.The fan club went on to create another special rap for India’s historic 2-1 series win in Australia. “Jeetega India, Yeh sabko tha yakeen. Delhi se Sydney Sab Kehte the YahiBalle Balle Balle…”Though it was initially the Barmy Army that made Test cricket venues a fine spectacle with the help of band and music, Bharat Army took a cue from them to take this culture forward.With India and Pakistan World Cup clash clash lined up on June 16, we are expecting a series of musical chants at the Old Trafford in Manchester.Also Read | Don’t need to answer Kagiso Rabada in a press conference: Virat Kohli on immature commentAlso Read | South Africa pace ace Dale Steyn ruled out of World Cup 2019Also SeeadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow MS DhoniFollow MS Dhoni’s last World CupFollow Virat KohliFollow Virat Kohli lifting his first World CupFollow India vs PakistanFollow India vs South AfricaFollow Jasprit Bumrah World Cup 2019: 5 things to look for in India’s World Cup runIs this going to be MS Dhoni’s last World Cup? Will Virat Kohli lift his first World Cup trophy as captain? There are umpteen talking points as India begin their World Cup 2019 campaign vs South Africa on Wednesday. Here we take a look at 5 of them.advertisementlast_img read more

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