Sergio Agüero Man City striker Aguero clashes with fan after Wigan defeat Goal Last updated 1 year ago 06:24 2/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(27) Getty Images Sergio Agüero Manchester City Wigan Athletic v Manchester City Wigan Athletic FA Cup The forward shoved a fan who stormed the field after the Latics’ shock FA Cup win and had to be restrained as the two engaged in a shouting match Sergio Aguero was involved in a post-game clash with a fan which involved a shove and a shouting match following Manchester City’s shock 1-0 FA Cup loss to Wigan Athletic.Following the victory for the League One outfit, the DW Stadium faithful rushed onto the field to celebrate their club’s monumental upset.One of those fans made contact with Aguero, who shoved him off, though the Argentine needed to be restrained as he engaged in a shouting match with the fan, with multiple coaches, players and supporters coming between them. 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 It proved to be the flashpoint amid ugly scenes after the final whistle, with City fans shown to be throwing objects at police as the home fans rejoiced in knocking out a third successive top-flight opponent in the competition.City were put in a difficult position in the contest, thanks to a red card Fabian Delph in stoppage time of the first half, which left manager Pep Guardiola fuming.However, it still took a bit of magic from Wigan striker Will Grigg to seal the deal, with the Northern Ireland international netting in the 79th minute to give his side the shock advantage, which held until the final whistle.Wigan fans ran onto the field after the final whistle, and one made contact with Aguero, causing the striker to swing his arm to push the fan away. He then was momentarily held back by Wigan’s Cheyenne Dunkley before charging toward the fan. Another supporter got between them, while a City player pulled back Aguero.Aguero ducked away, while more people came between the two. Both he and the fan appeared to be shouting at one another. It was only City’s third defeat of the season in all competitions. Previously they had lost a meaningless Champions League group stage game against Shakhtar Donetsk, with only meaningful defeat prior to Wigan a 4-3 setback at Anfield to Liverpool. The loss ends Manchester City’s hopes of achieving the quadruple this season. They can still pull off the treble though, as they remain 16 points ahead of rivals Manchester United in the Premier League, are in the final of the Carabao Cup against Arsenal and have a commanding 4-0 lead in their Champions League last 16 tie with Basel.
FA Cup Mourinho responds to Man Utd critics: ‘You think 6-0 is entertaining? I don’t’ Joe Wright 22:14 5/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty Images FA Cup Chelsea v Manchester United José Mourinho Manchester United Chelsea The Portuguese coach does not believe there will be anything entertaining about watching either the Red Devils or Chelsea dominate the FA Cup final Jose Mourinho insists there would be nothing “entertaining” about a one-sided FA Cup final between Manchester United and Chelsea on Saturday.United have often been criticised this season for being too defensive, especially in key matches, while Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City smashed records for most wins, most goals and most points as they romped to the Premier League title.It has been suggested the clash at Wembley could be another uneventful affair, with Chelsea having gone through a difficult second season under Antonio Conte and only scoring three times in their last four games. 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 Mourinho, though, believes a closely fought affair would be far more gripping to watch than a 6-0 thrashing for one side.”I still don’t understand these words of ‘entertaining’,” he told a news conference. “You think 6-0 is entertaining? I don’t think so.”I think entertaining is emotion until the end, open result until the end, everybody on their seats until the end, both dugouts nervous and tense with the unpredictability of the result.”That, for me as a football lover, that’s entertaining. So, I think it’s going to be entertaining.”Mourinho boasts a hugely impressive record in major finals, having won 12 out of 14 in his coaching career, including the EFL Cup and Europa League last season with United.However, the Portuguese does not think his past success gives him any edge over Conte.”I think the winning mentality doesn’t have to do with records or history in finals, honestly,” he said. “I think what we did in the past has nothing to do with [Saturday] and the records don’t play. What plays is 11 against 11 and everybody trying to give their best.”Mourinho has also made it clear that his assessment of his second season at Old Trafford will not change based solely on Saturday’s result.“People can do what they want,” he said. “You can analyse the way you want to analyse and I can analyse the way I want, so everyone is free to go in the direction [they] want to go.”When I analyse the work I did and the effort I put in and everything we all did in the club, and that includes the most important persons in the club, which are the players, I’m not going to analyse them because of one very important match.”But I know the effort, the negative things, and I’m not going to change my analysis of the season because of one match, not at all.”There will be tributes at Wembley to the late Ray Wilkins, the former United and Chelsea player who died last month.His widow Jackie will present the trophy to the winners at full-time, while banners will be displayed in both sides of the ground, and Mourinho thinks the gestures are commendable.”I think it will be a very emotional moment for Mrs Wilkins and for all the family, for the sons,” he said.”I believe that Ray will be looking at it and will be himself enjoying it, I know how much he was loved at Chelsea, how much he was loved at Manchester United, and I think it is a coincidence that the two clubs are playing the final but it will be a moment that will unite the stadium, the fans of both colours and I think a beautiful moment.”
The Australian Open Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed teams gathered in Sydney for a three day camp over the weekend to begin pivotal phases of their preparation for the Federation of International Touch World Cup to be played in Stellenbosch South Africa from January 17-21 2007.The three Australian Open Teams will attend a series of intensive camps in Sydney and Brisbane in the build-up to the World Cup.In addition, National coaches have organized satellite training groups in the areas of skills and fitness to cater for World Cup Open players all over the nation on a regular basis in the lead-up to the tournament.The training camp was conducted at Toyota Park, Cronulla on Friday and Saturday, and at the New South Wales Touch Association at the Canterbury Velodrome, Earlwood on Sunday.Aaron Scott, a journalist for “Inside Sport” magazine tracked the progress of the squad for the first two days of the camp. Aaron interviewed various players, coaches, and officials over Friday and Saturday and was amazed at the skill level and dexterity players possessed across a range of fitness and game play disciplines.Interstate Australian representative players were billeted by their New South Wales based team mates and there was a sense of excitement for the players who were coming together for the first time since the final teams for the World Cup were announced late last month. Friday saw the Australian World Cup contingent completing paperwork for gear sizing and uniform requirements as well as listening to a pre tour brief about South Africa and all aspects of interest pertaining to the World Cup tour.Touch Football Australia (TFA) Game Development Manager, Colm Maguire, and TFA’s High Performance Coordinator Maree Curran had embarked on a logistical and planning mission to South Africa in June this year.The duo relayed their insights at Friday’s information session to the Australian touring party to help prepare the teams for the cultural, social, and competitive journey ahead.Players and Coaches were also given their first look at the On-line Athlete Conditioning Program, and the Athlete Management System incorporating on-line training records, TID, injury management, and administration.This system is going to be implemented and utilized in the lead up to the 2007 World Cup and in the fabric of the National Training Squad Program at both Open and Youth level in the future.The three Open teams were fitness tested on Friday and performed extremely well under the watchful gaze of the three National Coaches and Assistant Coaches, TFA’s National Performance Analyst Ian Stanley, TFA’s Director of Elite Programs, Cathy Gray, and TFA Sports Scientist, Ben Wisbey.Wisbey put the players through their paces in oppressive, 34-degree heat.Some very impressive results were recorded across the TFA Fitness Assessment areas of speed, defensive agility, speed endurance, and aerobic endurance tests.Australian Men’s Open representative Drumayne Dayberg-Muir scorched through the 40-metre test in 5.11 seconds, whilst Australian Women’s Open Captain Sharyn Williams, and Mixed Open speedsters Brad Holden and Steve Roberts turned on their sonic fast feet to be among the quickest in their teams. Australian Men’s Open representative, Nathan Jones topped the Aerobic endurance charts with an impressive level 16.1 result in the “Beep” test, whilst every member of the Australian Women’s Open team achieved the standard coach Kerry Norman had set for them prior to the camp. Louise ‘Squeeze’ Winchester, Shelley Matcham, and Teena McIlveen all scored over 13 in the “beep”, whilst Ben ‘Boozer’ Mc Cullen and Steve Roberts performed admirably to lead the way for the Mixed Open in the punishing endurance test which pundits believe tells as much about mental toughness as physical ability to endure when the going gets tough.Brad Holden, Australian Women’s Open young gun Roxy “Rocket” Winder, and experienced Australian Men’s Open star Anthony Ziade set the standard in defensive agility for the three teams, whilst all members of the respective Open teams recorded very solid efforts in the speed endurance department at this stage of World Cup preparations.Ben Wisbey was suitably impressed with the fitness levels of the vast majority of players on the whole.“Considering the intense heat, this is one of the more impressive efforts in terms of performance and attitude to testing that I’ve seen from the Australian teams across the board. Four months out (from the World Cup) the background work needs to be intensified, but it will eventually lead to quality game specific efforts at the business end of the preparation,” said Wisbey. Saturday dawned and the rising mercury was expected to be matched with a rising intensity in team and player concentration and endeavour as the three teams got into the “nuts and bolts” of their preparation over the next two days.DVD analysis, ball skills and drills, patterns and plays, defensive sessions, and tactical and individual and team feedback segments were conducted by the coaching staff of the three National teams.Solid game play against quality opposition from Vawdon Cup teams in the stifling heat provided the Men’s and Women’s Open teams with the opportunity to hone some combination and reinforce individual and team policies, tactics, and structure.Australian Women’s Open Coach Kerry Norman was happy with her team’s efforts during the camp.“I’m pretty happy with the way the girls have applied themselves at this point. They are all working well together and we can look to build on this for the next camp. We have a couple of injury concerns in ‘Pity’ (Melissa Galea) and ‘Lambo’ (Kylie Hilder) and time will tell on their progress. ‘Billy’ (Sharyn Williams) has a nagging knee, but nothing too serious. We’re really looking forward to the next camp in November in Sydney again to cement a few more things for us.” Norman said.If Kerry Norman was happy with her team’s efforts overall, think 100% the opposite way for an insight into Australian Men’s Open Coach Tony Trad’s assessment of his team’s performances at the camp on the weekend.Many keen observers can’t recall bearing witness to many more severe dressing downs than the spray ‘Trady’ reserved for the Australian Men’s team during the camp.Neither could Trady!“To be honest, I gave them heaps, but we were disgraceful at times, and we need to not be content with mediocrity if we are to achieve the big goal at the end of it all. I was filthy! (Trady says this with a self deprecating laugh) but it had to be said, and you can go one of two ways after you get some home truths – you can live in denial, or you can take up the challenge. That’s the honesty of effort required to be an effective part of this team.”Australian Open Men’s player Phil Gyemore was adamant that his coach’s assessment was spot on.“Trady gave it to us all about our attitude and scratchy efforts out there. It’s an honesty thing. He challenged us to pull our heads in and play a better team game and get our attitude right. We deserved it, and we came out against Lebanon in the afternoon game and pulled together better. We can all certainly improve in every department next camp.” Gyemore said.Coach Trad, in his open and honest way, did not try and duck away from his comments to the players.“Yeah, I gave them a big spray. They were sloppy and their execution of the little things that make the difference was sadly lacking. I was hoping to pick up where we left off at All Nations late last year, but the teamwork we worked so hard to develop was absent and the boys were content to treat the games we had at the camp as ‘smoke up’ sessions – it was very individualistic at times with players trying to beat their opposition all by themselves, and that was very frustrating all round. To their credit, they lifted against Lebanon, but they are all on notice, that is not what is expected or what is acceptable at this level. I’m confident though, that the players can address the lack of professionalism in their individual efforts at this camp and build from here.”Australian Mixed Open Coach, Gary Madders was pleased with the way his team gelled and worked in together. Some players were even meeting each other for the first time. Such are the vagaries of Mixed with players being drawn together from the respective Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed Open National Training Squads to form one team.The Mixed team’s fitness results were solid, if not spectacular, but it was their sharpness in ball work, willingness to work together, and energetic game play that had onlookers impressed with the Mixed team’s approach to the task of preparing as well as possible for the World Cup.“It was a good start. We all worked in well together – the coaches and the players. We will work towards the next camp and try and refine things a bit and keep building from there. It’s a great start and the players worked hard in trying conditions, but we certainly have laid a good foundation.” Madders said.The camp, whilst intense and physically draining also featured an opportunity for the three teams and the Elite referees, who were invited to the camp to launch the TFA High Performance Referee Program, to unwind and have dinner together on the Saturday night.Those with enough energy left, then headed off to the Olympic Stadium at Homebush to watch the NRL Preliminary Final between the St. George Dragons and the Melbourne Storm.Unfortunately for avid Dragons supporters Gary Madders, Maree Curran, Team Physiotherapist Louise Eddy, and myself, the Dragons couldn’t quite get there. Despite our long faces at fulltime we all had to admit the footy played under a perfect night sky was sensational, and all members of the Australian teams who attended enjoyed themselves.The choking noises made the next morning by ‘Tash’, Benny Roberts, ‘Fongy’, and ‘Boozer’ as the Mixed Open Coaching staff walked by was duly noted. Those fitness sessions keep looking better all the time, team!!!After another grueling training morning Sunday at the Canterbury Velodrome, the Camp broke up around lunchtime and teams went their separate ways. If the training camp was not testing enough, some NSW based players had to back up and play catch up games for their Vawdon Cup sides Sunday afternoon. Full marks to the Aussie players for turning out and playing under difficult circumstances to fulfill their commitment to their local teams.Australian Women’s Open player Kelly Woods ‘kindly’ volunteered to drive many of the weary players to the airport in a bus organized by Tony Trad. ‘Wood duck’ had the head snap going and showed her agility was not restricted to the field of play with some snappy maneuvers behind the wheel. Apparently, we arrived safe and sound at Sydney Airport for the flight home. I say apparently, because I closed my eyes whilst Woodsy had her audition for the “Bathurst 1000.”… I opened them when the “Gravitron” ride came to a screeching halt.Armed with a bag full of dirty training clothes in one hand, and a tray of Krispy Kreme doughnuts in the other, players headed for home with sore legs, but clear heads, and a new focus about the next stage of the journey towards the 2007 World Cup. Written by Karley Banks27 September 2006
The SA Heat 12’s and 15’s Boys and Girls teams as well as the 18’s Girls side received specialist coaching from a host of Australian coaches and players as part of a joint initiative between Touch Football South Australia and Touch Football Australia’s AusSquad program. Australian Women’s Open coach, Kerry Norman, and Australian Mixed Open coach, Bernie Morrison, as well as Australian players Ryan Pollock, Christian Frost, Stacey Lapham and Nicole McHugh were all in attendance to share their knowledge with South Australia’s junior representative teams. Touch Football South Australia Sport Development Coordinator, Bri Wyatt, was full of praise for the weekend, saying it was a huge success. “We had a horrible downpour for most of Saturday morning so that wasn’t nice. But the kids and the coaches went out and they still trained in the rain. The kids, considering the conditions, and the coaches as well, were terrific, they all soldiered on,” Wyatt said.And it wasn’t just the players that benefited, with the coaches of the state teams making the most of the weekend, learning from some of the best in the business. “All the coaches came up to me throughout the weekend and said that ‘this is terrific and exactly what they needed’ and also it reiterated their coaching styles, how they were going and what they were doing, if they were along the right lines and being able to benefit from that aspect. I got follow up emails from a couple of them earlier on this week saying that they benefited from it amazingly, they thought it was terrific.”Each age division got different objectives out of the weekend, but all learnt plenty of new things that they can take to their respective upcoming events, the National Youth Championships for the 18’s Girls and the School Sport Australia Touch Championships for the 12’s and 15’s teams. “The 12’s had stars in their eyes they were so excited that there were Australian players down there, they had their heroes that they loved spending time with. The 15’s were really good, they learnt a lot from it. I think they enjoyed being able to ask questions and be involved with the players and the coaches.”“The 18’s were much more technical, they spent a lot of time with Bernie Morrison and Kerry Norman developing their tap move and their line attack and line defence and that sort of stuff so they got down to the technical side of it,” Wyatt said. Having the Australian players and coaches attend the weekend was a huge buzz for the participants and having the chance to learn from some of Australia’s best was invaluable for both the teams and coaches. “Ryan was terrific, he’s a teacher so he’s got a really good rapport and he got along really well with the kids, they loved him. Christian was really good, he speaks really well and relates well with the kids. The girls, Stacey and Nicole, they were really good. They spent a lot of time with the 12’s Girls and 15’s Girls and tried to break things down and make it a bit easier and also making it fun for the kids. They turned some things into a relay and had a run around and they loved it. The Australian players were terrific and the coaches were always going to be good. Kerry’s a teacher as well so she breaks things down nicely for the kids and makes sure it’s done nicely,” Wyatt said.
REVEALED: Why Liverpool gave up on Chelsea signing Pulisicby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChristian Pulisic has signed for Chelsea in a big money deal that will see him arrive at the club in the summer.He was linked with Liverpool for a long time, including last summer.But he ultimately opted for the London giants instead.According to Bleacher Report, Liverpool were not enthused by the fee they would have to pay to land Pulisic.They also felt the club had many players available in attacking positions, meaning Pulisic would struggle to get a game.The American will be on loan at Borussia Dortmund until the end of the season, which was a stipulation in the transfer agreement between the two clubs. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Crystal Palace rival Wolves for Chelsea striker Tammy Abrahamby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace have made a move for Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham.The Mirror says the Eagles, currently six points above the drop zone after scoring just 19 goals in their 21 league games this season, are desperate for some firepower up front — and Abraham is hot property after netting 16 times in 20 appearances on loan at Championship promotion chasers Aston Villa.Palace ditched their pursuit of Liverpool frontman Dominic Solanke after being priced out by Bournemouth last week. But they are still in the market for loans and are now hopeful Abraham could be interested in returning to London.Villa boss Dean Smith was expecting Abraham in to train on Monday, but he didn’t turn up as he contemplated a controversial defection to their top-flight neighbours Wolves.But with Chelsea insisting on only another loan rather than a permanent £18million sale, Villa are confident that 21-year-old Abraham could be staying with them. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Chelsea set asking price for Michy Batshuayiby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have set their price for Michy Batshuayi.The Daily Express says Crystal Palace are ready to make a new move for Batshuayi in the January transfer window.The Selhurst Park side, currently sixth in the Premier League, want to boost their forward line when the transfer window reopens, and have made Batshuayi their prime winter target.The 26-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Selhurst Park and scored six times in 11 starts for Roy Hodgson’s team.The Belgian, rated at around £22million, returned to Chelsea in the summer for a fresh attempt to try and nail down a regular place under new head coach Frank Lampard. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd winger James brushes off injury concern in Wales drawby Freddie Taylor12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveDaniel James has brushed off any injury concerns after Wales’ 1-1 draw with Croatia on Sunday.The Manchester United winger soldiered on in the second half despite being kicked in the head by Croatian defender Domagoj Vida.”We knew it would be tough,” said James.”There were a few tackles flying in but you expect that in these games. “I’m fine – he caught me in the head but I didn’t get knocked out unfortunately … fortunately, sorry! We showed character to come from behind and it’s a good result against a great team.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Napoli matchwinner Insigne: I feel I have Ancelotti supportby Carlos Volcano2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLorenzo Insigne insists he gets along with Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti after victory over RB Salzburg.The captain came off the bench to score the winner after Dries’ Mertens brace for the 3-2 Champions League victory.“I was relaxed, as I accepted the decisions of the coach and knew we needed everyone to give their contribution in this game,” Insigne told Sky Sport Italia.“We showed the right spirit and must continue like this.”Insigne hugged Ancelotti after the winner and added: “What happened with Ancelotti is water under the bridge. I respect him a great deal and he has always shown that he has faith in me, even when I didn’t play, so I felt important to him.“I had some wrong attitudes before, I apologised for that. I also want to dedicate the goal to Tommaso, our kitman, because he had a slight accident and wasn’t able to come to Salzburg with us. We all wish him the best.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
COLLEGE STATION, TX – OCTOBER 03: General view as Mississippi State Bulldogs kicks off to the Texas A&M Aggies in the first quarter on October 3, 2015 at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)Over the last few days, reports came out that five-star defensive tackle Daylon Mack would select Texas A&M over TCU and Texas. Today, he confirmed that commitment during a live ceremony on ESPNU.I have officially committed to Texas A&M University!!!! #GigEm #WRTS #12thMan I’m baaaaacccckkkk!!!— THEE MACK TRUCK (@DaylonMack) February 4, 2015Mack had originally committed to A&M back in October of 2013, be decommitted to weigh his options on December 19. According to ESPN’s Sam Khan Jr., he silently recommitted back to Texas A&M after a January visit.Daylon Mack said he silently recommitted to the Aggies during his January official visit. #signingday— Sam Khan Jr. (@skhanjr) February 4, 2015Mack is one of the best defensive linemen in the nation, and a top 20 player overall. His commitment is huge for an Aggies team that is looking to transform a porous defense.
The 23-man squad that will be in uniform for Gregg Berhalter’s debut as U.S. national team head coach on Sunday is a young one, with one notable exception being Michael Bradley.Bradley has made 142 appearances for the USMNT in his career, which is quite a bit more than the 103 combined appearances by his 22 current teammates, and even though there are some U.S. fans who would rather see Berhalter turn to younger options, the U.S. boss does not buy into the theory that the 31-year-old midfielder is either too old or no longer good enough to be a national team option.”It’s hard for me to understand how people gather that opinion because when I see him up close it’s clear he has quality,” Berhalter said of Bradley on Saturday. “When you look at his quality level in this group it’s high. 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? “I’ve said all along it’s not about the age of the player. I think it’s about the quality of the player. If he’s good enough to perform and he can fit and execute in the roles and responsibilities that we have for the position then he should be able to play, whether that’s old or young.”Michael is a good example of that. He’s been doing well in camp. His leadership has been good, but also his execution has been excellent.”Though he has been USMNT captain before, Bradley hadn’t been handed the captain’s armband for the current group just yet. That is fine with the World Cup veteran, who is looking to maintain his place in the U.S. central midfield even has a growing number of younger options emerge, like the Bundesliga-based duo of Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams.”Nothing’s being given, you can’t take anything for granted, and again that doesn’t matter whether it’s your first time in camp or your 100th time in camp,” Bradley said. “The opportunity to be here, to prove yourself day in and day out to your teammates and the coaches, that process never stops.”Bradley had his share of struggles in 2018, due in part to him needing to spend a large chunk of the MLS season playing out of position as a central defender for a TFC side beset by injuries along the back line. What those struggles overshadowed was his role in not only helping TFC win the 2017 MLS Cup final, but also his work in central midfield to help his team reach the 2018 Concacaf Champions League final, a run that eventually earned him a place on the Concacaf Best XI for 2018.Still, for some fans who continue to blame him for his role in the USMNT’s failed World Cup qualifying campaign in 2017, Bradley is seen as a player who should have been cast aside in favor of younger options. But as he has shown in the current camp, Bradley still has plenty left to offer the national team, including continued competition for a promising generation of midfielders who will be pushing to take his spot as the next World Cup qualifying cycle gets underway.”He’s still one of the best players in the country in my opinion,” USMNT midfielder Wil Trapp told Goal. “His ability to lead, to make passes, to dictate tempo, to affect everyone else on the field is immense, so I think for all of us stepping into a camp with Michael is always great because he brings such a wealth of knowledge and experience.”You can just talk to him about the game and you can learn. Not only can he teach young guys, but then when he gets on the field he performs.”As you get to know him, he’s such a driven individual he wants to win, he’s competitive and that translates very well into this group.”It is those qualities that Berhalter sees in Bradley that makes the 31-year-old midfielder someone he still sees having an important role heading into 2019.
Juventus defender Medhi Benatia has made an €8 million (£7m/$9m) move to Qatari club Al-Duhail after two and a half seasons with the Serie A giants.Benatia, 31, leaves Europe for the first time in his career, with Juve confirming the move on Monday.The fee is expected to be paid in two instalments by October 2019 and may increase a further €2m, the club said in a statement. 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? Juventus wished Benatia the best on Twitter, with the defender replying with his regards and hopes he can watch his former club in Madrid when they face Atletico in the Champions League last 16.”Thank you all,” Benatia wrote. “It has been an immense pleasure! I hope to be able to come to Madrid to cheer for you – this Juve deserves it.”Benatia initially arrived at Juve on loan from Bayern Munich in 2016 before the club made the move permanent the following year.The Morocco international won two Serie A titles and two Coppa Italia crowns during his time with the club.Grazie a tutti voi 🙏🏽e stato in immenso piacere !spero di potere venire a Madrid a tifare per voi 👌🏽🤲🏽questa juve se lo merita 👌🏽— MBenatia5 (@MedhiBenatia) January 28, 2019Prior to Juve, Benatia had spent the much of his career in Serie A, after beginning his career in France.After leaving Ligue 2 club Clermont in 2010, he signed with Udinese in Italy, spending three seasons with the side.A move to the capital followed, and after a successful season that saw him start 32 games for a Roma side that finished second to Juventus in Serie A, Benatia joined Bayern Munich.He would win two Bundesliga titles and a DFB Pokal in his two seasons with the Bundesliga giants before his return to Italy with Juve.Al-Duhail are six-time top-flight champions in Qatar and sit second through 15 games this season, now strengthening what is already the best defence in the competition.