Read More PLAY by Metro Comment Video Settings The midfielder knew beating Spurs was just as important in the red half of north London (Picture: Getty)Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says he had extra motivation to win the Champions League final so he could get one over former club Arsenal’s rivals Tottenham and deny them European glory.The 25-year-old, who has been sidelined with injury for much of the season, was an unused substitute as Liverpool secured a 2-0 victory in Madrid on Saturday night to seal their sixth European Cup success.Goals from Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi sealed the win for the Merseysiders, and Oxlade-Chamberlain wanted to win the title as much for his current club as his old one.Speaking to his former skipper Per Mertesacker on DAZN after the game, Oxlade-Chamberlain said: ‘As former Gooners, we know what that one meant to all the Arsenal fans out there.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE ‘It was massive for us at Liverpool, but “Once a Gooner always a Gooner” that’s what they say.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I had a personal sort of feeling in that game that we needed to get that done for all the people I left at Arsenal, I know they were all willing us on to win that one so I’m happy that we could do it.’This time last year, Oxlade-Chamberlain was cutting a forlorn figure in Kiev hobbling around on crutches, but was able to enjoy the celebrations in Madrid with Little Mix girlfriend Perrie Edwards this time around. Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Read More Skip Top articles Manchester United captain Harry Maguire About Connatix V67539 Read More Full Screen 1/1 Metro Sport ReporterSunday 2 Jun 2019 4:20 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kShares 1 min. story Skip Ad Read More / Oxlade-Chamberlain was loving every second after Liverpool’s win (Picture: Reuters)Speaking about the win, manager Jurgen Klopp said: ‘Did you ever see a team like this, fighting with no fuel in the tank? I am so happy for the boys, all these people and my family.‘They suffer for me, they deserve it more than anybody. It was an intense season with the most beautiful finish I ever could have imagined.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Coming Next Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sends message to Arsenal fans after beating Spurs in Champions League final Read More SPONSORED Advertisement Advertisement
“It’s a funny one for me because my intentions were to have a longer holiday and then train maybe on my own with a fitness coach,” said Lampard. “I was in pure holiday mode when I got the call to come back here. I’ve had a really good pre-season now. Considering I wasn’t involved in the first few games, that’s been extra training time for me. “I feel good and I’m just actually really enjoying training and playing. The lads are great, the people behind the scenes have welcomed me, the staff, the manager, Brian Kidd. It’s been an easy transition.” Lampard has adjusted to life at City remarkably quickly considering the lengthy of time he spent at Stamford Bridge, and the new challenge seems to have energised him. “It’s very different,” he said. “I was at Chelsea such a long time that you just go on auto-pilot in the end. You drive in every day, you know everybody behind the scenes. “It was a tester for me to be honest. I didn’t have to make this decision. But it was a very good opportunity for me to play at this level and train at this level, and it’s a personal test to come up to Manchester. “I was in very much of a comfort zone at Chelsea. It’s good to test yourself in life. “All I can say is I am enjoying it. I’ve always been proud of my fitness and trying to keep as fresh as I can. At the end of the day, I’m very fortunate. “Not many players get the opportunity at 36 to come and play amongst this amount of quality. When you look around the dressing room, there’s so much of it, and it’s an honour to come in and be able to play amongst that.” The 36-year-old made it three goals in two games with a brace and a man-of-the-match performance in City’s 7-0 Capital One Cup win over Sheffield Wednesday on Wednesday night. That followed his emotional equaliser in Saturday’s draw against Chelsea, the club he joined in 2001 and for whom he is the record goalscorer. The MLS season does not begin until March and, with Lampard match sharp already, it has been claimed he will not need a pre-season in America. “That argument’s come up since I scored at the weekend,” said Lampard. “I think the important thing for me is to play well if I can, train well and then we’ll see what happens. I’m signed here until January so that’s all I can say at the minute.” City boss Manuel Pellegrini was relatively tight-lipped on the subject but did say it was “not impossible” he would seek to extend Lampard’s stay. The midfielder added: “I wouldn’t want to get too ahead of myself. It’s not my place to do that. That will obviously be a club decision first and foremost anyway. I’ll just train as hard as I can and play as well as I can.” Lampard was expected to play a supporting role, with City hardly short of top-class midfield talent, but his form will make it difficult for Pellegrini to leave him out too often. Press Association Frank Lampard insists there have not yet been any discussions about extending his loan spell at Manchester City. The former England midfielder signed for Major League Soccer side New York City following his release by Chelsea only to make a surprise return to the Premier League. His loan stint currently runs until the start of January but Lampard’s brilliant form has inevitably led to speculation City might try to keep him for longer.
Jenna Caira was perfect through four innings. But suddenly she was in trouble after giving up a walk and a single to start the fifth inning of the opening game of the series Saturday against Villanova. Then with one out, second baseman Stephanie Watts dropped a fly ball in shallow right field that allowed a runner to advance to third base.Watts got the force out at second. But with runners on first and third, Caira still needed one more out to end the inning with the score tied at zero. Caira struck out the next batter swinging, blowing her away with a rise ball.‘I was trying to really utilize my rise ball,’ Caira said. ‘It’s a pitch that I’ve been trying to work on for a really long time, and I felt that in order to get to that next level, I need to throw that pitch more.’Caira used all of her pitches well this weekend to lead Syracuse (29-10, 8-5 Big East) to a three-game sweep of Villanova. The Orange never trailed the Wildcats en route to winning 2-0 and 10-1 on Saturday and 6-0 on Sunday. Caira earned all three wins and held Villanova to one run and five hits in 16 innings.Syracuse needed Caira at her best in the first game as the Orange managed just one hit through four innings. After Caira’s big strikeout in the fifth, the team finally broke through to score.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWatts led off the fifth inning with a drag bunt single and advanced to third base on a line drive down the right field line by Lacey Kohl. Shirley Daniels pinch ran for Kohl and forced the Villanova catcher to throw the ball into center field on a steal attempt.Watts scored easily on the overthrow to give SU the lead. Jasmine Watson added a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth, but Caira only needed one run of support. She pitched a perfect sixth and got out of another first-and-third situation in the seventh to finish the complete-game shutout.The dominant performance set the tone for the rest of the weekend. Caira carried a no-hitter through three innings in the second game Saturday and was never threatened by the Villanova lineup. The SU ace said she had to stay focused after each win, even though the Wildcat hitters didn’t pose much of a problem.‘I can’t let up,’ Caira said. ‘And if I’m able to keep that type of momentum for myself, that’s going to carry through to the rest of the team.’Her teammates were sharp in the field and gave her run support in the final two games of the sweep. But it all started and ended with Caira in the circle.Caira said she used the cold and windy weather to her advantage this weekend. The pitcher made the opposing hitters uncomfortable by jamming them with fastballs on the inside corner.Kohl, Syracuse’s catcher, said Caira did a good job mixing her pitches and spots to keep hitters off balance. And by jamming the hitters, Caira gained a mental edge.‘If they foul one off and get one off the foot or they jam themselves, it stings for a while,’ Kohl said. ‘So just jam them hard to get inside because they’re least likely to swing at it again.’Kohl said Caira also used her power pitches inside to finish off hitters after setting them up with changeups. The changeup slows the batters’ reaction, making it hard to get around on a fastball on the inside corner, Kohl said.Center fielder Veronica Grant said it was good to see the pitching staff recover after a tough outing against Notre Dame the previous weekend.‘I think it was important for them to bounce back and have the reassurance that they could come back and stay strong,’ Grant said. ‘Knowing that they could come back and hold teams to zero (runs) like we used to.’Caira baffled the opposing hitters all weekend, leaving Villanova’s hitters helpless at times — striking out looking and on check swings. The Wildcats never figured Caira out, despite seeing her in all three games.The pitcher credits her catcher for making sure the hitters always saw something different every at bat.Said Kohl: ‘Just kind of keeping them off balance and guessing and not knowing what’s going to come next.’email@example.com Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on April 17, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: firstname.lastname@example.org