Arsenal summer signing speaks out on “tough” relationship with one player

Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale has spoken out on his “tough” relationship with fellow Gunners ‘keeper Bernd Leno.

The England international joined Arsenal from Sheffield United in a slightly surprising move in the summer, with it not looking immediately clear that he’d overtake Leno as Mikel Arteta’s number one.

Ramsdale has performed very well, however, and now looks fully deserving of that starting spot for Arsenal, even if he concedes it’s a difficult relationship to have with Leno.

Speaking to the Times, Ramsdale said: “It can be tough. It’s the hardest position on the pitch — there’s only one place.

“He’s been the standout for a number of years. At the moment, I’ve got the shirt but he’s perfect with me every day and I’m loving having him with me.”

Journalist verdict on Barcelona: “Xavi is not the problem, he is the solution”

Barcelona faced their first defeat of the Xavi Hernandez era this past Saturday when they lost 1-0 to Real Betis at Camp Nou.

Since taking over the reins in November, the 41-year-old had not lost his first three games, winning two of those. However, on Saturday, the team was unable to get past a resolute Betis defence and were made to pay late in the game through a devastating counter, with Juanmi scoring the only goal of the game.

While there has been improvement in Barca’s gameplay under Xavi, the goals and the quality chances have not been coming regularly in matches. Indeed, they won through a penalty in his first game against Espanyol, failed to score against Benfica and had some element of fortune in their win over Villarreal.

However, it must not be forgotten that the former midfielder has still been at the helm of affairs for just … Read the rest

Rob MacCachren follows up Baja 1000 win with Mint 400 triumph

On 21 November, Rob MacCachren and Luke McMillin were celebrating their Baja 1000 victory. On Saturday, McMillin was congratulating MacCachren on his Mint 400 win.

The 2021 BFGoodrich Tires Mint 400 in Las Vegas, one of the premier desert races in North America, was dominated by the Ford Unlimited Trucks of McMillin and MacCachren, who respectively had Baja team-mate Jason Duncan and son Cayden MacCachren as navigators. Seeking his second straight win in the race, McMillin won the pole and dominated much of the Unlimited race, leading the first three of four laps.

However, MacCachren was on the leader’s tail and finally caught him on the home stretch. With five miles remaining, MacCachren hit McMillen in the rear, causing him to roll over multiple times before landing on his roof. The two, being close friends, quickly made amends as MacCachren stopped to ensure McMillen’s safety before the latter sent him … Read the rest

Michael Owen’s brutal statement about Liverpool match-winner

Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen has provided an honest assessment of Divock Origi after the Belgian scored a 94th-minute winner in his side’s victory over Wolves on Saturday.

The 26-year-old was introduced as a second-half substitute and struck in injury-time to spark jubilant scenes both in the Liverpool dugout and amongst the travelling fans.

“Whenever he starts, I must admit, he disappoints me,” Owen told Premier League Productions (via HITC).

“I know you will say, ‘What about Barcelona in the Champions League?’ Of course, he has had the most unbelievable moments in a Liverpool shirt, but overall when he starts, he disappoints me.

“I think he is an impact sub, but he might get a few more starts now, especially in January.”

Although not many Reds will claim that Origi deserves a starting spot, when he’s called upon he usually delivers.

He doesn’t kick up a fuss or spit his … Read the rest

Rangnick eager to seal potential £82m double transfer for Man United to overhaul one position

Manchester United’s new interim manager Ralf Rangnick is reportedly keen on a complete overhaul of the club’s midfield.

This shouldn’t be too surprising to anyone as Rangnick has inherited a struggling side that looks in need of big changes in a few areas, with the centre of the pitch an obvious weak department of this squad.

The likes of Fred, Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay have not looked too convincing in recent times, while Paul Pogba is nearing the end of his contract and will be a free agent in the summer.

According to the Sun, Rangnick has now identified Aston Villa’s John McGinn as a potential £50million target in midfield.

The Scotland international has impressed in his time at Villa Park and it seems he remains on United’s radar under their new manager.

The Sun’s report adds that RB Leipzig’s Amadou Haidara could also become one of Rangnick’s first … Read the rest

Player ratings from Barcelona 0-1 Real Betis: Woeful Memphis gets 4.5, 7 for super-sub Dembele

Barcelona befell to their fifth defeat of the La Liga season in quite humiliating fashion despite the close scoreline. There were perhaps some few signs of change in Xavi Hernandez’ squad, yet the team was utterly helpless against Real Betis.

The Blaugrana could hardly create a genuine goalscoring opportunity, and come the final whistle, it was a deserved loss.

In this article, Barça Universal runs the rule over the men in garnet and blue.

Marc-Andre Ter Stegen: 5.5

It cannot be said that the German had a poor outing in goal. For most of the match, ter Stegen was solid, and his ball distribution was simply flawless. Granted, it was not his fault that his defence left him exposed, he conceded the one big chance against him in the match to lose a game he didn’t have much to do.

Sergino Dest: 5.75

Underwheling return for Dest. (Photo by Alex
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Is Formula E on its way to overtake Formula 1?

This year, we celebrate 10 years since the launch of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship – the electric cars motorsport racing series that promotes clean mobility. Since its inauguration in 2014, the series has hosted seven seasons and has gained millions of viewers from all over the world.

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The amalgamation of the climate crisis, eco-awareness, and the boom of electric cars are all vital in the positioning of Formula E as a pioneer in green mobility. But where does the sustainable motorsport stand compared to the original racing series that defined years of single-seat motorsports – Formula One?

Formula E’s sustainability manifesto

In September 2020, Formula E was certified as the first and only net-zero carbon sport since its launch. But the journey to offsetting its carbon emissions is imbued with consistent efforts to implement and promote sustainability in every … Read the rest

Hamilton leads a Mercedes 1-2 as Leclerc crashes in second practice at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton topped the second practice session at the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. Valtteri Bottas was in second position, just 0.061 seconds slower than Hamilton.

Pierre Gasly was in third position as he set the third fastest lap on the soft compound tyres.

Both the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team drivers set their fastest time on the medium compound tyres as neither driver could get in a clean lap in the qualification simulations.

The second free practice session at this newly-added race on the Formula 1 calendar at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia took place under the lights in the night session.

The sixty-minute long second free practice session started with air temperatures at 28 degrees C and track temperatures at 30 degrees C..

The Pirelli tyre choice at this race is the white-striped hard compound tyres (C2), yellow-striped medium compound tyres (C3), and red-striped … Read the rest

“He changed in a good direction, unfortunately!” – Klopp on the prospect of facing Lage’s Wolves for the first time

Jurgen Klopp was full of praise for Bruno Lage as he faced the media ahead of the game against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Our manager was asked about his thoughts of the form of the side from Molineux and he was quick to credit their new boss.

The German said: “First and foremost, I have to say a big compliment to the colleague there because it’s really impressive. 

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“It was not so easy to go there after the long time Nuno has been there and everything is kind of settled and I think was mostly happy, even when the last season was maybe not the best season since Wolves were back in the Premier League.

“It was still very stable, clear style of play and these kind of things. Read the rest

Christian Eriksen close to ending his association with Inter following Euro 2020 heart problem

It would appear that Christian Eriksen’s career as an elite-level player will soon be over.

The Dane, who was close to death after collapsing during the Euro2020 tournament, is unable to play at a competitive level, even after being fitted with an ICD device, according to Calciomercato.

Clearly, with Eriksen’s health the most important concern, there has been an acceptance that his contract with Inter Milan will be terminated shortly, perhaps even before the end of 2021.

Back in very light training with Odense in Denmark, it’s impossible to know what the future holds for the player.

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After the harrowing footage of his collapse was beamed worldwide in the summer, the fact that he is still with us is a huge and welcome relief.

Eriksen on a stroll in Copenhagen

Sporting success is likely to now take a very distant back seat as … Read the rest