Souness: Leeds were incredible against Liverpool

first_img read also:Leeds are going to cause problems – Klopp, Van Dijk He said: “Liverpool weren’t allowed to be at their best, Leeds hunted them down for the largest part of the game. Liverpool usually do that to teams that come here. “Tonight Leeds had more possession at Anfield than Liverpool. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a team do that to this Liverpool team. Incredible performance, but they’ve got nothing to show for it.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Advertisement Loading… Liverpool legend, Graeme Souness, hailed Leeds United’s performance for their opening day defeat at Liverpool. Leeds battled bravely at Anfield and ended up losing 4-3 in a hugely entertaining encounter. Souness was impressed with the way in which Leeds operated and described their performance as ‘incredible’.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted Content11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime12 Flicks That Almost Ended Their Stars’ CareersWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Most Overpowered Live Action Disney Characters6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phonelast_img read more

Sherwood steering Villa to safety

first_imgTim Sherwood targeted two wins to guarantee survival for Aston Villa but they are closing in on their goal faster than the manager realises. Sherwood, whose side have won three of their last four games, is delighted Villa are closing in on the safety target he was given when he replaced Paul Lambert in February. He said: “We are going in the right direction, aren’t we. “A couple more wins and we will be all right.” Reflecting on the performance against West Ham, he said: “It was impossible to be as dominant as we were in the first half for 90 minutes. “It is a Premier League game – you don’t get 90 minutes of domination. “But it was as comfortable as it could be at this stage of the season. “In the first half we were more open and expansive. In the second half we were professional and knew how to kill the game off. “We limited West Ham to one header at goal which was James Collins and you expect Shay Given to save. “Even in the second period we were creating the better chances.” Defeat means West Ham have failed to win on the road in the league since December and they have scored just four top-flight away goals in 2015. The Hammers face Everton and Newcastle in their final two games and defender Aaron Cresswell wants a strong end to the campaign. “We want to finish with a flourish by taking six points from the two games against Everton and Newcastle, to try and finish as high up that table as we can,” he told the club’s official website. “We just need to take one of the chances we’re creating, but unfortunately we couldn’t do that on Saturday and we paid the price with the goal they scored in the first half. “We were disappointed with the way we conceded. (Jack) Grealish pulled it back from the line and unfortunately for us it’s gone through James Collins’ legs and the lad’s tapped it in. “They’re fighting for their lives down at the bottom and that’s never nice for anyone, including the players. “They were 1-0 up and they were always going to sit back in the last 15, 20 minutes. We just needed that goal which we couldn’t get.” Tom Cleverley’s first-half strike sealed a 1-0 win over West Ham on Saturday to put Villa four points above the Barclays Premier League drop zone. Villa have two games left and go to Southampton next weekend before a home finale with relegated Burnley. One win would make Villa’s safety certain, although they may already have sufficient points. Press Associationlast_img read more

Kenneth Omeruo: Leganes New Hero?

first_imgThe underdog side defended superbly against title-chasing Seville, but conceded in the final minute, with Omeruo putting in 52 touches and 87 per cent pass accuracy.The Nigerian defender at the heart of everything as this plucky Leganes side are now unbeaten in eight games and it’s based on the rock-solid defence that the Omeruo is part of.The 25-year-old has featured 10 times for the modest side – starting nine of those.Omeruo has been described as one of the best centre-backs in Spain, maybe also across Europe’s top leagues.Omeruo who is on loan from Chelsea has made four previous moves in search of first-team football and topsy-turvy as his journey has been the Nigerian is showing great adaptability and the stats prove he is heading up.The 25-year-old joined the Spanish side in August, his seventh loan move away from the English Premier League club Chelsea since he joined them in 2012. The Super Eagle defender was substituted in the 69th minute on his first League start due to injury but insisted that will not dampen his joy of playing in one of the best leagues in the world.“Right now I’m fulfilling my dream of playing in La Liga, it’s amazing and different. It was a frustrating start due to my work permit issue, but after playing in two big La Liga games I must say things are finally looking up,” Omeruo told BBC Sport.“I’ve been playing away from England in Turkey for a while and every time I always craved for a visible league where people can watch me.“Luckily, after the World Cup where I had two good games, I got more options and I chose La Liga where everyone can watch me, and so far it’s been a perfect decision for me.”Omeruo, who is yet to play a competitive game for Chelsea where he has a deal until 2020, spent a second spell at Turkish side Kasımpasa last season.A 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winner with Nigeria, he has also been loaned to Dutch side ADO Den Haag, Middlesbrough in England for two seasons and another Turkish side Alanyaspor.Back in 2017, he admitted he may have to leave Chelsea in his quest for first-team football on a regular basis.He now conceded his dreams of playing in England’s top flight with the Blues could be over as he looks to continue in Spain and hopefully earn a permanent move to Leganes.“Right now I’m fulfilling my dream of playing in La Liga, it’s amazing and different,” he added.“Leganes have an option to sign me permanently and I would like to give everything to stay in the league. I’ve played in the English championship, I’ve gotten a feel of that but La Liga is very good. If I end up playing for Chelsea someday fine because it is one of the biggest teams in the world and they have the highest fan base in Nigeria.“I would love to play for them, even if it’s just a game, but right now I am very happy with my life here in Spain.”Omeruo can play at centre-back or right-back and is regarded as one of the continent’s best young defenders.His 41 caps for the Super Eagles also include appearances at the Confederations Cup and the Africa Cup of Nations.Meanwhile, head coach of the Super Eagles, Rohr has expressed his delight over Omeruo’s recent form in the Spanish League.“I am really impressed with his performances,” Rohr stated, adding, “playing against a team like Sevilla and he was able to stay defensively focused and consistent shows his great quality as a defender.”An obviously excited Rohr observed that Omeruo’s performance was a good development for the Eagles and also for his Spanish team as well. “We hope he continues in that manner and for me that gives a stiff competition in the first line of the Super Eagles.”Fascinating enough, Omeruo who could have been given the chance to play in the Premier League by his parent club is doing a better job than David Luiz.Another interesting comparison is the Nigerian’s numbers alongside Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk.Only two years older, Van Dijk is the toast of many and has been regarded this season as possibly the best central defender in the game… but hold up.The Dutchman has made 18 league appearances for the Reds a total of 1585 minutes; 734 more than Omeruo, but the latter has made more tackles (1.1 – 1.6) and more interceptions (1.1 – 1.4) in only 9 games for Leganes.Van Dijk edges the Nigerian only slightly in blocks (0.6 – 0.5), Omeruo having more dribbles (0.1) to Van Dijk’s none per, overall both Van Dijk (7.46) and Luiz (7.22) are rated higher than Omeruo (6.77), obviously for the number of league games, but the young Chelsea loanee has shown he deserves to be mentioned in the same breathe.He was the only player among the three at the 2018 FIFA World Cup as the Netherlands did not qualify and Luiz was ignored outright by Brazil’s head coach Tite.Another season in that upward trajectory Omeruo could find himself in some very star-studded circles.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations may still be six months away but Nigerian national team Manager, Gernot Rohr is already hoping that some of the Super Eagles players would maintain their scintillating performances till the summer when the AFCON kicks off.Leganes of Spain defender, Kenneth Omeruo is one of such players the German-born tactician is hoping he keeps his form. Last weekend the Chelsea loanee put up a man of the match performance in his club’s 1-1 draw against La Liga title contender, Sevilla, which is still enjoying a wave review in SpainSuper Eagles defender, Kenneth Omeruo has continued to impress on loan at Spanish side Leganes from Chelsea. The Nigerian played in the 1-1 draw with Sevilla last weekend and was given the man of the match award rating in Spanish paper AS.last_img read more

Volleyball: 3 surprising boosts to No. 7 Badgers

first_imgA season ago, the Wisconsin volleyball team reached the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament before their neighbor to the south, the Illinois Fighting Illini, ended their chance at a national title.The future seemed bright, however. The Badgers lost only one starter in middle blocker Tionna Williams and returned their three All-Americans from a year ago.Then the Badgers suffered their worst start to a season in nearly 30 years. With a brutal non-conference slate, UW stumbled to a 4–4 record before Big Ten play started and hadn’t registered a home win.They couldn’t finish sets. They lacked a defensive presence both at the net and in the back row. They relied too heavily on two-time All-American middle blocker Dana Rettke.Their reward for that poor play? Facing a stretch of five ranked teams in their next seven games.The now-No. 7 Badgers won every one of those ranked contests and have just one loss in Big Ten play. Their 12-0 start to Big Ten play was the first such streak in program history, and they now stand at 13-1 in the Big Ten.Volleyball: Badgers record team’s best start ever in Big Ten playThe Wisconsin volleyball team (16-4, 12-0 Big Ten) has started 12-0 in conference play for the first time in Badger Read…Their play in all three phases of the game has improved dramatically and three unexpected players have helped spark that turnaround: freshman Izzy Ashburn, junior transfer from Minnesota Lauren Barnes and redshirt sophomore Danielle Hart.Ashburn, a high school teammate of current setter Sydney Hilley, makes her impact at the service line. She currently leads all Power 5 conferences in aces per set with 0.54 and has recorded a service ace in the last seven matches.Her 37 service aces are already the third-highest mark in Badger history during the 25-point rally scoring era. Former Badger and Team USA setter Lauren Carlini has the top mark with 45 service aces.Both Ashburn (0.54) and Rettke (0.40) would top Carlini for the highest aces per set mark if they can sustain their current averages.Head Coach Kelly Sheffield raved about her serve early in the season.“Her serve is awfully good,” Sheffield said. “She goes back there with confidence and puts some pace on it and gets that ball to dance.”Volleyball: Badgers rebound from poor start, sit atop Big Ten standingsThe University of Wisconsin volleyball team (14-4, 10-0 Big Ten) closed their non-conference schedule with back-to-back losses against Pac-12 powerhouse Read…Lauren Barnes has also succeeded in the serving game, but her greatest asset is flying around the back row. Barnes complements Clark as almost a second libero with defensive specialist Sarah Dodd suffering a season-ending injury before the season began.Barnes brings over a lot of experience from her time as a Gopher. She played in every match the past two seasons at Minnesota and has settled into her role as a Badger nicely.Rettke, a club teammate of Barnes in high school, welcomes the energy she brings to the Badger defense.“I’ve known Barnes for a long time,” Rettke said. “She’s just a really fiery, go-getter. She brings her 100% effort to every single practice, every single game. You know if she’s upset, for sure, but it comes from a place of love and a place of wanting to be the best and wanting to play for the best. She’s awesome.”Against Maryland, Barnes recorded a season-high and game-high 15 digs and even a couple assists from the back row.She even recorded her first career kill against Indiana Sunday.Volleyball: Badgers continue reign atop Big Ten standings after pair of wins over Illinois, NorthwesternFor the first time in Head Coach Kelly Sheffield’s seven years at the University of Wisconsin, the No. 6 UW Read…Lastly, middle blocker Hart has recovered from a slow start to the season and has forced opponents to worry even when Rettke is off the court.In the first 10 games of the season, Hart was hitting .224 with only 1.4 kills per set. In the last 10 games, the Virginia Beach native is hitting .386 with 2.03 kills per set.Hart’s best games seem to come against top-tier opponents. Her finest performance came against then-No. 2 Nebraska where Hart rattled off a career-high 10 kills on just 14 swings.In the Badgers’ five-set thriller with Illinois, Hart totaled 11 blocks – the highest mark of any Badger this season.She has vastly improved her defensive prowess at the net. In Big Ten play, Hart is currently eighth in the conference with 1.17 blocks per set.“Our blockers have gotten a lot better, especially Danielle,” Sheffield said. “Her blocking moves are a lot cleaner. She’s reading a whole lot better.”Volleyball: Badgers extend winning streak to six, sit alone atop Big TenFollowing back-to-back wins over top-five opponents, the University of Wisconsin volleyball team (10-4, 6-0 Big Ten) could have taken their Read…These three unsuspecting players had relatively no impact on last season (Hart played minimally last season); however, their impact on the various phases of the game has kept the Badgers in crucial matches along this historic 12-game winning streak.They don’t earn top billing in the conference like the duo of Hilley and Rettke, but their complementary contributions could lead to the ultimate goal – a national championship. A goal that has ruminated in their minds since the Fighting Illini ended that chance last year.last_img read more