Chelsea boss Emma Hayes says ‘wounded’ Arsenal will double their efforts for WSL derby clash | Football News

first_img“I have huge respect for Arsenal and, knowing that they are wounded from last weekend, I always pay even more respect to a team that’s been defeated.“I know what defeat feels like and the natural response is to double their efforts. That’s what I’m expecting from them.“Arsenal are a top team, they have been in my tenure here. Ever since I’ve been in the women’s game they’ve been the biggest club in this country.- Advertisement – Joe Montemurro’s Arsenal had won their first five league matches before a 1-0 defeat to United last weekend.Reigning champions Chelsea are two points behind the Gunners having maintained their unbeaten start with a 4-0 win at home to Everton on Sunday. Chelsea captain Magdalena Eriksson is targeting the club’s first Champions League title after committing her future to the club Asked if she expects the Arsenal game to have added intensity, Hayes said: “There always is. Both teams know each other inside and out.- Advertisement – Chelsea boss Emma Hayes is expecting Arsenal to “double their efforts” for this weekend’s derby clash after suffering their first league defeat of the season.The two London sides meet in one of two rivalry games across Women’s Football Weekend, with Women’s Super League leaders Manchester United facing Manchester City on Saturday.- Advertisement – “They are always in and around the hunt for trophies every season.“They score more goals than any other team, their attacking and build-up play is exceptional and they’ve got players who have won major honours.“I know it will be a huge test because derby games are not normal games, there is a lot at stake and there’s a lot of unpredictability to the game.”Eriksson targeting first Champions League title for Chelsea – Advertisement – 1:32 Arsenal were beaten 1-0 by Casey Stoney's Manchester United last weekendImage:Arsenal were beaten 1-0 by Casey Stoney’s Manchester United last weekend preview image Chelsea captain Magdalena Eriksson is aiming to lead her side to a new era of dominance after committing her future to the club.The full-back has agreed a new deal until 2023 and the aim of winning Chelsea’s first Champions League is one of her biggest motivating factors.“We are not shy about our goals, we want to win everything we participate in,” Eriksson told Sky Sports News.“It’s the biggest tournament and we have our eyes set on it. We missed it last year, it was devastating to watch other teams play when you’re not in it.“We’re hungry this year, we’re on the right path, I have a core belief we can do it.”last_img read more

Nathaniel Bassey appreciates Ighalo for ‘drawing inspiration’ from his song

first_img Loading… So this is the song that makes our brother score for Man U abi??? . Man U must come and pay ooo… . Bless you bro & keep shining @ighalojude https://t.co/QSpjreU1ed— Nathaniel Bassey (@nathanielblow) July 28, 2020 read also:Ighalo celebrates Man Utd, says: ‘I’m proud of this team’Bassey also twitted when he saw Ighalo’s video: ‘So this is the song that makes our brother score for Man U abi??? Smiling face with open mouth. Man U must come and pay ooo… Face with tears of joyFace with tears of joy. Bless you bro & keep shining’ FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Nigeria’s popular gospel musician, Nathaniel Bassey, is excited that Manchester United loanee, Odion Ighalo, always like to worship the Lord with one of his songs. In the video Ighalo posted on his twitter, the player was in the spirit while singing Bassey’s song titled: ‘There is a place I love to dwell in the presence of my father’ Ighalo is filled with new strength from God as he worshiped and drove himself to the Manchester United camp.Advertisementlast_img read more

Offensive line will feature veteran players, new coach

first_imgThere is no doubt that Cody Kessler will be a focal point for the Trojans this season, and with him will be arguably one of the strongest offensive lines in the country. The line will return not only every starter from last season, but also their most valuable reserves.The centerpiece of such a strong group also doubles as the actual center in senior standout Max Tuerk. All eyes will be on Tuerk as the season kicks off and he prepares to prove his readiness for the NFL.The 6-foot-6 center has been placed on the watch list for the Lombardi Trophy, college football’s annual award for the best interior player. In addition to this award, Tuerk is also on the watch list for two others: the Rimington Trophy for top center and the Outland Trophy for top lineman.Tuerk will be one of the Trojans’ most versatile players, with the ability to play any position on the line. The four-year starter played tackle and guard before eventually being moved to center last season, where he earned All-Pac-12 first-team honors.“I think Max is the best center in the country,” head coach Steve Sarkisian said.To complement Tuerk will be two first-team All-American freshmen returning as sophomores in Toa Lobendahn and Viane Talamaivao. Lobendahn played the first eight games of the 2014 season at left guard before transitioning to left tackle for the remainder of an injury-plagued season. Talamaivao started in the Trojans’ final 11 games as the right guard.Both starting tackles will return for USC in juniors Chad Wheeler on the left side and Zach Banner on the right. Wheeler, who missed the final five games of the 2014 season with a knee injury, has been a two-year starter for the Trojans.Sophomore guard Damien Mama will be returning for USC this season with four starts under his belt. He started the first two games at right guard, and ended the season by starting the last two games at left guard.Another returner for the Trojans is sophomore Khaliel Rodgers. Rodgers is a center but versatile enough to play other positions along the line, as he demonstrated in three late season starts at left guard.Last season, the team suffered from an injury-plagued line, but with every player expecting a full recovery, the offensive line should be able to reach its full potential.“We are fortunate that all of our starters are back this year, as well as some players returning from injuries and some really good newcomers,” Sarkisian said.Last year’s rough season for the Trojans could turn the team into one of the deepest and most versatile sets of offensive linemen in the country.“I love our line’s overall athleticism, toughness and attitude, plus its versatility and depth,” Sarkisian said.The line will be working under new offensive line coach Bob Connelly, who has 20 years of coaching experience.“You have to be able to run the football, protect the quarterback and I think we can do that,” Sarkisian said.Connelly’s most recent coaching job was in 2014 at Oklahoma State, but Connelly has also coached the offensive line at Arizona State, Washington State, UTEP and Alabama.Connelly is familiar with Pac-12 football and has been able to improve the running game at each of his previous schools, and USC should be no exception.last_img read more