Once known for his unpredictable nature on and off the pitch, Paul Gascoigne has voiced his concern that too many players are becoming robots. The former Newcastle and Tottenham midfielder believes the pressures of the modern game are denying players the chance to properly express themselves.While worried about the state of player development, Gascoigne singled out Leicester City midfielder James Maddison and England boss Gareth Southgate for attempting to buck the trend. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “There are too many robots, definitely, because there is so much pressure on players and managers not to lose the game – they’re frightened to lose,” Gascoigne said at Premier Sport’s launch of their Serie A coverage in Glasgow. “I always say keep trying things and, eventually, it will work out. But they’re afraid to try.”I don’t know what these coaches are doing to our young players coming through, I really don’t, because we don’t have many players like Maddison coming through. He wants to be on the ball, he is creative, he takes people on. I’ve seen him do that often for Leicester, when I’ve been watching games.”Gareth Southgate has done a great job, got them playing great football. They just miss that something creative in the middle, the willingness to have a go at someone. Just have a go.”Maddison, 22, is yet to play for the Three Lions but has played several times for England’s U21’s side. After a strong start to his season with the Foxes, Leicester coach Brendan Rodgers has backed the attacking midfielder to be called up in the future. “If you’re looking at talent, players who are hungry and coachable, he fits into that mould,” Rodgers said recently.”England have a lot of very talented players. However, he is one that certainly Gareth will see that in his game and how he has a real talent to succeed.”Many players say they want to be the best they can be but they are last into training and first away. So what they want to be isn’t matched by putting the effort in. He’s a guy that puts the effort in.”Everyone talks about his set pieces but it does not come by accident. Every day he will spend extra time on them, the quality he has on his delivery is sensational. He has confidence as he puts the work in.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar fuelled rumours of a potential exit on Tuesday with a cryptic Instagram story referencing a Bob Marley quote.The Brazil star has been widely linked with move away from the Ligue 1 side, with Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid all linked to the winger.Paris Saint-Germain are open to the idea of a loan deal for Neymar, with a subsequent obligation to buy as Neymar looks to make his way out of the club after signing for a world-record fee of €222 million (£200m/$263m) just two years ago. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Neymar was criticized by the club’s fans at PSG’s opening match of the Ligue 1 campaign, as supporters told the forward to “get out” while calling him a “son of a b*tch”.And the former Barcelona star has seemingly responded, alluding to a famous quote from the legendary Jamaican reggae artist on his Instagram story.”People are hated when they are real, and loved when they are fake,” Neymar said over a photo depicting Marley.#Neymar sur instagram : « Le problème est que les gens sont haïs quand ils sont réels et sont aimés quand ils sont faux » pic.twitter.com/Ok8QmRVo29— NeymarFR (@NeymarFr_) August 20, 2019While the forward missed the season-opening 3-0 win over Nimes, Neymar’s absence from the PSG squad continued this past Sunday as the Ligue 1 champions fell to a 2-1 loss at Rennes in their first away outing of the new campaign.Neymar came under criticism before the domestic campaign even started when the world’s most expensive signing missed the opening days of preseason training, although his father said the absence was one that had been previously excused.The player and the club have seemingly been at odds ever since as Neymar has recovered from an ankle injury that has ruled him out of action since early June.That injury, suffered in a summer friendly against Qatar, ruled the winger out for this summer’s Copa America, a tournament that Brazil went on to win on home soil.PSG manager Thomas Tuchel insisted on Sunday that Neymar will not leave the club without a proper replacement coming in, adding that the forward’s situation was not yet clear.It will become clear before the close of the transfer window on September 2.Before that, though, PSG will take on Toulouse on Sunday at the Parc des Princes before facing Metz away from home on August 30 in the club’s final match before the window slams shut.
The Champions League has returned with heavyweights such as Barcelona, Juventus, Real Madrid, Manchester City, Liverpool and more all battling it out to be crowned Europe’s best.Liverpool are defending champions heading into the new season after defeating Tottenham 2-0 in the final in Madrid, and will be looking to add a historic seventh European crown to their trophy cabinet.Group A is already looking to be one of the most exciting match-ups, with Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain set to battle it out in the group stage. This year’s so-called Group of Death comes in the form of Group F, which involves Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Inter and Slavia Prague. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Goal brings you everything you need to know about which TV channels are showing Champions League games in the United Kingdom and the United States and where you can stream matches live online.Champions League 2019-20 football on UK TVIn the UK, BT Sport is the exclusive broadcaster for Champions League football action. UK TV channel UK online stream BT Sport BT Sport Live Sky Sports 128 Games will be shown on BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2, BT Sport 3 and BT Sport Extra.Matches will also be streamed on BT Sport Live.Champions League 2019-20 football on US TVIn the US, Champions League football will be shown on Turner Sports (TNT) and Univision Deportes. US online stream US online stream TNT / Univision Deportes Fubo TV / B/R Live Streaming will be available on B/R Live and Fubo TV with subscription.Europa League 2019-20 football on UK TVIn the UK, BT Sport is the television broadcaster for Europa League matches. UK TV channel UK online stream BT Sport 2 BT Sport Live Like their Champions League coverage, they will provide all the UEL action on BT Sport 2 while a livestream of the matches will be available on BT Sport Live.Europa League 2019-20 football on US TVIn the US, TNT and Univision will broadcast the Europa League action. US TV channel US online stream Univision NOW Fubo TV / B/R Live Streaming will be available on B/R Live and Fubo TV with subscription.