Arteta demands more as Maitland-Niles earns England call-up

first_imgArsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, has challenged Ainsley Maitland-Niles to produce his best form more consistently after he celebrated his 23rd birthday with a Community Shield triumph and a maiden England call-up. Maitland-Niles was named man of the match as the Gunners drew 1-1 with Premier League champions Liverpool at Wembley before prevailing 5-4 on penalties.Advertisement read also:Arteta predicts ‘many more’ COVID-19 cases in Premier League As he did during the respective FA Cup semi-final and final wins over Manchester City and Chelsea, Arteta selected Maitland-Niles at left wing-back. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted ContentBest Car Manufacturers In The World8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too FarWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldLook At Something Beautiful That Wasn’t Made By A Human Beinglast_img read more

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: Now is time to show we’ve learned defensive lessons

first_img There were more lapses in Saturday’s manic and madcap 5-4 win at Norwich, and Klopp accepts part of that was down to another poor start in the game. He is still trying to find a solution as to why they often are slow out of the blocks, which he has observed has happened three or four times this season, but insists the talking must stop over how to defend set-plays. Press Association Only Bournemouth and Swansea have conceded more from dead-ball situations and, after admitting at the weekend it had become a “self-fulfilling prophecy”, he hopes to have put an end to it. “First of all, of course we know about this problem. I am sorry to say it is not a problem we can ignore,” he said. “It is obvious we didn’t handle it too well. We are a football team and we always work on our weaknesses. “It is not about the formation because we changed the formation. It is not always about the quality of the set-plays – it is about what we are doing. “We had good talks together – it’s not the first one but hopefully the last one. “It is not too late to learn, but now it is time to learn and show we have learned.” Klopp hopes he can harness the power of Anfield to get his side through to their first final since they lost against Chelsea at Wembley in the FA Cup in 2012. He does not believe the players will have any problems motivating themselves for the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg against Stoke, which they go into holding a 1-0 advantage. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is losing patience with his players over the way they defend set-pieces and does not want to have to speak to them about it again. However, it is beyond that game where he believes motivation may be a factor. “I am really fine with our reaction to the result in the (Norwich) game, but I didn’t like our start,” the German added. “The first 15 minutes I have no words for and we’ve had this situation three or four times this season. “The striking back mentality is much better than we had when we came but now we really have to find a way to start on our highest level in each game, not only in some. “I have to find a solution of course but it is not the biggest problem in a semi-final. “(On Tuesday) we don’t have to think about it because it is a semi-final and it will be go from the first whistle. “We have to fight for every single ball, every single yard and that is easy. “I’ve heard about the special atmosphere at Anfield in semi-finals and I am really looking forward to it. “Let’s take the whole power of LFC and take it to the final.” However, Klopp does not see getting to Wembley as an achievement in itself. “It is only a step. I never heard about second place in the Carling Cup. Does anyone know who it was four years ago?” he said. “Reaching a final is great, but at the end it is only memorable when you win it and that is what you have to do. “You should not waste the opportunity of winning something and I know for the players it is really important – they really want to go to the final.” Among all the seriousness of a semi-final build-up, Klopp was still able to inject some humour, however. In Saturday’s wild celebrations at Adam Lallana’s added-time winner, the Reds boss had his glasses knocked off and broken by striker Christian Benteke. He appeared at the club’s Melwood training ground bespectacled once again, but he is not a fan of his spare pair. “These are not new – they are my second pair of glasses. Now I have to be careful,” he joked. “They are black and I look a little bit like a serial killer.” Asked whether Benteke would have to pay for the damage, Klopp replied: “It was my fault and never in my life has someone had to pay for something which is my fault.” last_img read more

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Armstead, Johnson could return vs. ND

first_imgFollowing last week’s bye, the No. 6 USC Trojans are on pace to get back two familiar faces on both sides of the ball this week as the team prepares for another tough road game in South Bend, Ind., against No. 25 Notre Dame.Junior receiver Ronald Johnson and sophomore defensive end Armond Armstead made considerable strides in practice Monday that led coach Pete Carroll to believe both will be available come Saturday’s contest.Ready to roll · Junior receiver Ronald Johnson hopes get back on the field Saturday after suffering a broken collarbone before the season. – Tim Tran | Daily TrojanBoth players suffered injuries in late August and were sidelined for roughly six weeks. Armstead returned to practice last week after breaking his left foot Aug. 20 during a morning practice, and Johnson ­— who first began practicing last Tuesday and participated in the Trojans’ weekend scrimmage — is getting more reps every day as he continues to recover from a broken collarbone he suffered during an Aug. 29 preseason scrimmage.“It was great that they practiced,” Carroll said. “Armond got a lot of work [Monday]. I put him in a couple spots, and he made it through feeling good, so that’s terrific. Ronald’s back in there. He’s ready to play.”Carroll said barring an unexpected setback later this week, both players should see be able to jump back on the field in South Bend. However, he wouldn’t comment on how much playing time either player would receive.While it’s possible Armstead could fill a number of spots on a suddenly injury-ridden USC defensive line, Johnson’s role may not be as large as it was before his injury.“Right now I’d be thrilled if he plays a lot,” Carroll said. “That’d be great. I don’t care about starting. That’s not a concern at all. It’s just if we can get him in the game plan, and he can contribute and get him playing football again.”Armstead and Johnson said they’re both ready to get back on the field and help out any way they can for the Trojans.“Whatever the coaches want me to do, I’m comfortable playing [any position],” Armstead said. “I feel like they’ll get me ready by game time.”Johnson admitted the coaches would probably take a “conservative” approach with him this weekend, but it all depends on how he practices the rest of the week. He said he is looking forward to being back on the field again, even if his playing time is limited.“I’m just happy I’m out here,” he said. “I’m just excited to be out here, back again and ready to work hard.”Johnson’s speed also provides freshman quarterback Matt Barkley with a deep-option receiver other than redshirt junior receiver Damian Williams. Johnson was the Trojans’ third-leading receiver last season with 33 catches for 570 yards and eight touchdowns.“I just think I will scare the defense a little bit more,” he said. “They have to play honest as far as the run and the pass. So I feel I bring the deep threat.”Although Johnson will get some time as receiver Saturday, Carroll said the junior will not return kickoffs, as Johnson had done during the past two seasons for USC.“I think we’ll just wait on that one a little bit,” Carroll said. “We’ve got other guys who are doing a nice job back there, and C.J. [Gable]’s a terrific kickoff returner, so we’ll keep that out of [Johnson’s] duties right now.”last_img read more

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Volleyball: Wisconsin closes out regular season with critical road victories against Rutgers, Penn State

first_imgThe No. 8 University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team (22-6, 15-5 Big Ten) wrapped up their regular season with an undefeated weekend on the road, defeating Rutgers (6-26, 0-19 Big Ten) Friday followed by a dramatic victory over No. 7 Penn State (23-7, 14-6 Big Ten) Saturday night.Wisconsin proved too strong for the Scarlet Knights, winning in straight sets, 25–15, 25–18, 25–12. The Badgers cruised to another victory behind a strong all-around performance led by Dana Rettke, Tionna Williams and Molly Haggerty. All three finished with eight kills, with Rettke adding seven blocks and Williams and Haggerty each adding two blocks.The Badgers would take the first set 25–15 before facing a tougher challenge in the second set. With the score tied at 15–15, Wisconsin managed to finish the set on a 10–3 run en route to a 25–18 victory. The Badgers then jumped to a 16–5 lead to open the final set and would coast to a 25–12 victory, extending their set winning streak to a season-high 15. Wisconsin held Rutgers to a paltry .011 hitting percentage while not surrendering a single ace.Football: Minnesota takes Paul Bunyan’s Axe on Badgers’ home turf in 37–15 lossThe University of Wisconsin football team (7-5, 5-4 Big Ten) fell to the Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-6, 3-6 Big Ten) Read…The Badgers then journeyed to University Park, Pennsylvania, to take on the No. 7 Nittany Lions in a marquee Big Ten matchup Saturday night. Coming off a signature victory over No. 3 Minnesota the night before, Penn State entered the match looking to finish the weekend 2–0, but Wisconsin wasn’t about to let that happen.The Badgers took the match in five sets — 25–20, 22–25, 25–23, 19–25, 21–19 — claiming the deciding fifth-set in a nail-biting tiebreaker. UW earned their sixth straight victory to close out the regular season behind Madison Duello’s 24 kills and Rettke’s eleven blocks and three aces.Wisconsin won the first set 25–20 to extend their set winning streak to 16, before Penn State won the second set 25–22. In the third set, the Badgers curbed a late comeback by the Nittany Lions to win 25–23 via tiebreaker and take a 2–1 lead.Penn State pulled ahead quickly in the fourth set, jumping out to an 11–3 lead before Wisconsin called a crucial timeout. UW would cut the deficit down to 13–9 before Penn State pulled away to win 25–19 and tie the match.Men’s basketball: Badgers impress in Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament, come up short in finalThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team spent their Thanksgiving break in the Bahamas where they participated in the eight-team Read…After a back-and-forth final set, Penn State had match point leading 19–18, but Wisconsin was able to rally three consecutive points to take the set 21–19 and win, earning their first victory in University Park since 2002.With the regular season now in the rear-view, the Badgers now shift their focus to the NCAA Tournament. Wisconsin will begin the NCAA tournament as the No. 6 seed and will face UW-Green Bay Thursday night at the UW Field House at 7:30 p.m. If the Badgers win their first-round match, they will go on to face the winner of the Northern Iowa–Pepperdine match Friday night at the UW Field House.last_img read more

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Klopp leaves Borussia Dortmund

first_imgJurgen Klopp has announced he’s leaving Borussia Dortmund but doesn’t know where he’s going next.Klopp has asked for his contract to be terminated at the end of the season but says he will not take a year off and wants to work again straight away.Dortmund have had a sub-standard domestic season, but under Klopp they won the Bundesliga twice and were Champions League runners-up in 2013. Manchester City are expected to make a move for Klopp following a disappointing season under Manuel Pellgrini.last_img

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