Pep talk-Bayern playing better this season

first_img0Shares0000BERLIN, November 11-Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola on Monday hailed the unbeaten Bundesliga champions as playing better this season than during the same period last year.Guardiola, 43, took over from Juup Heynckes for the start of the 2013/14 season, winning the Bundesliga title with a record seven matches remaining. And the Bavarians opened up a seven-point lead at the top of the table with a 4-0 win at Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday, and are already through to the knockout round of the Champions League with two games to spare.“The results show that we are on the right path. We’re constantly progressing and we’re playing better than last year at the same period,” said the Spaniard, whose side are on an unbeaten 17-match run in all competitions.Guardiola added: “We’re a little better because we’re playing more and we’re running less. (The players) are always mentally ready.”But the former Barcelona boss admitted that his team still don’t play as he would like and can “still improve a lot of small details”.He would also like to take advantage of the international break “to analyse what we have done well and what we can improve”.However with 27 points out of a possible 33, Bayern are two points behind their position at the same time last season and three on the previous season when Heynckes led them to the triple of — Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup — trophies.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Podolski slams Wenger’s lack of respect

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, January 9 – Lukas Podolski has accused Arsène Wenger of a lack of respect following the striker’s departure from Arsenal during the January transfer window. Podolski, who joined the club for £11m from Cologne in 2012 but who has now left on loan for Internazionale, said that the Arsenal manger did not get in contract or say goodbye to the departing striker.Speaking to the Sun, Podolski said: “He [Wenger] said nothing to me. He did not call me or say goodbye. I don’t need flowers or a kiss from him. But it is about respect, about saying goodbye. For me respect is important. Maybe he had other problems with me.”The German World Cup winner, who revealed that he had offers from other clubs but opted for Roberto Mancini’s side following advice from the Brazil legend Ronaldo, said that Wenger had told him before the transfer window opened that he did not want him to leave the club.Podolski said he was happy in north London but felt he was not given a fair hearing by Wenger: “When you don’t get a chance you cannot show what you can do and the last five months I hardly played.”Podolski has made just two starts this season, neither of which came in the Premier League, and said he knew his future lay away from the club when he scored twice against Galatasaray but failed to make the starting 11 for the next game against Newcastle.Podolski came off the bench to make his debut for the Italian club in their midweek game against Juventus which ended in a 1-1 draw.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Argentina coach hoping to ease Messi workload

first_img0Shares0000Lionel Messi was persuaded to continue his international career by Argentina’s new head coach Edgardo Bauza © AFP/File / Nelson AlmeidaBUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Aug 23 – New Argentina head coach Edgardo Bauza said on Tuesday that he wants to see his side rely less on Lionel Messi, after the Barcelona forward’s brief retirement from international football.Messi said that he was going to quit playing for his country in the aftermath of their second successive Copa America final defeat on penalties to Chile two months ago. But former Sao Paulo coach Bauza persuaded the five-time world player of the year to continue his international career, after taking over as boss from Gerardo Martino.He will oversee his first matches in charge in 2018 World Cup qualifying against Uruguay and Venezuela next month.“Do not always give it to him to make a play or score a goal, but create conditions that mean that it is not down to Messi to solve everything,” Bauza told Argentine daily La Nacion.“Depend on the team. I want to stop everything from depending on him… We all know that when the ball goes through him something different can happen, but we need help from the team.“Having the best player in the world does not guarantee that you will win games, but it does guarantee that there will be fear in the opposition.”Argentina, the top-ranked team in the world, are currently third in South American qualifying for the next World Cup in Russia after six matches.Bauza’s first game in charge sees his new side host Uruguay, who lead the qualification table, on September 1, before a trip to Venezuela on September 6.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

13-year-old bicyclist killed in crash with SUV in La Puente

first_imgThe boy was trapped under the vehicle, and paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene, Relyea said. A preliminary investigation by Industry Station Traffic Investigators indicated the SUV driver had been observing the speed limit, he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA PUENTE – A 13-year-old boy was killed when an SUV crashed into his bicycle on a La Puente street, authorities said today. The accident occurred at 8:20 p.m. yesterday on East Temple Avenue at North Sunkist Avenue, said Lt. Mark Relyea of the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Industry Station. Anthony Gonzalez was dressed in dark clothing and riding a bicycle with no lights north on Sunkist when he attempted to cross Temple outside a crosswalk and was struck by a white 1991 Ford Explorer headed west on Temple, Relyea said. last_img read more

Jerry’s, BJ’s pizza on tap at Del Amo

first_imgThe restaurants are expected to open in mid-2008 in the mall’s “lifestyle” wing. Hot pastrami sandwiches and microbrewed beer represent the newest planned additions for a growing menu of tenants at Del Amo Fashion Center’s outdoor “lifestyle” wing. Two weeks ago, Jerry’s Famous Deli began construction at its planned location, just below the Lucky Strike Lanes bowling alley. And within a month BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, known for its deep-dish pizzas and beer from its microbreweries, will begin construction just to the south of P.F. Chang’s China Bistro. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsBoth restaurants will likely open sometime in mid-2008, said Sam Carpenter, Del Amo’s marketing director. “What we envision is the whole area facing Carson Street will have outdoor seating,” Carpenter said. “Jerry’s has a patio. BJ’s should have a patio. That whole area will shift and sort of revitalize in terms of being an outdoor scene.” The open-air promenade still has two smaller spaces that Del Amo hopes to lease soon, with one of them a restaurant location, Carpenter said. “We have one more restaurant site directly under Lucky Strike,” he said. “We are in negotiations with several different restaurants, but until the lease has been signed I can’t say.” Del Amo opened the $300 million open-air wing in September 2006 as a more modern draw for today’s shoppers. The 285,000 square feet of retail, dining and entertainment space includes an 18-screen AMC theater, Urban Outfitters, Eddie Bauer, Starbucks, several restaurants and other hip or artsy businesses. The new Jerry’s Famous Deli will have about 8,300 square feet of space, not including a patio, said Ami Saffron, executive vice president of the Studio City-based deli company. The restaurant will be able to seat about 200 patrons inside with about another 80 on the patio, Saffron said. Jerry’s expects to open at Del Amo around June, Saffron said. The deli company, which has eight locations in California and three in Florida, had spent the past few years remodeling its restaurants, he said. “Now we’re looking to open one or two a year,” Saffron said. “And Torrance looks like a great area for us.” Saffron and other Jerry’s officials visited Del Amo’s outdoor wing numerous times during the day, night and weekends to gauge the location’s suitability. “It looks like they’re on the right track as far as bringing it up to date and keeping up with what other shopping centers are doing,” Saffron said. “It’s very well run and maintained. It’s got a great vibe.” The Jerry’s executive added that the foot traffic, especially from the bowling alley and movie theater, will help the deli’s business. The company’s Studio City flagship deli is also beneath a bowling alley, he said. An official at BJ’s did not return a call seeking comment. Last month, BJ’s opened its 68th restaurant in Austin, Texas, according to the company’s Web site. The company already has 39 locations in California. BJ’s operates several microbreweries that provide handcrafted beers to restaurants throughout the chain. Manny Herrera, who sells $200 designer jeans at Metro Park on the outdoor promenade’s second level, welcomed news of the two planned restaurants. “That would be great,” said Herrera, the store’s manager. “The restaurants that are here now are pretty good. But anything else can only increase traffic here.” Herrera said he had expected Del Amo to fill up its lifestyle wing quicker. “But I can’t complain because it’s been filling up,” Herrera said. muhammed.el-hasan@dailybreeze.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Transfer FIGHT! Juventus to take on Everton and Leicester for Euro 2016 ace

first_img1 Arkadiusz Milik in action for Poland at Euro 2016 Juventus are weighing up a summer move for Leicester and Everton target Arkadiusz Milik.The Ajax striker’s stock has risen following a string of impressive performances for Euro 2016 quarter-finalists Poland in France.It was reported that Leicester had opened talks about signing the striker back in May before his exploits at the Euros, while Everton were said to have had a cash bid rejected.However, there is now stiff competition to sign him from across Europe and Juventus could be about to firm up their interest with a bid.The Serie A side are in the market for a new striker after Real Madrid activated their buy-back option on Alvaro Morata and they reckon Milik could help fill the void.The 22-year-old, who played in all five of Poland’s game at the Euros, scored 21 goals in 31 Eredivisie outings last term, taking his league tally to 32 in 52 since arriving from Bayer Leverkusen in May 2014.But the Gazzette dello Sport reckon Juve, Leicester and Everton are joined by Lazio, Roma, Sevilla and former club Leverkusen in the race for the £15m-rated striker.last_img read more

Kobelicious

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card So who are you anyway, Mr. Know-it-all? Kobe Bryant. Say what? “I don’t even think it would be in the top five…” was Kobe’s response when asked where this game ranks. There’s only one problem. Not even top five. What are you, nuts? Kobe scores 81, the second highest individual total in history, and it’s not even top five? Not even top five. Oh, you’re a Kobe hater. Sure. No matter that the entire league is exhausting the adjective supply trying to describe it. T-Mac said he didn’t think he could score that many in a video game.” Kobe’s wrong. Brick. Airball. Maybe Kobe didn’t know that Wally Szczerbiak called his father to make sure he was watching. Or that Jeff McInnis called Nets teammate Vince Carter. Or, as Dwayne Wade put it, “I think everybody called every player in the league. That’s history right there.” Historic indeed. And the greatest individual performance ever in the NBA. Yes, they were playing the lowly Raptors, one of the leagues worst defensive teams – and trailed by 18 points in the third quarter. At home. Seemingly indifferent to the pasting they were receiving; lethargic, just plain lousy. Suddenly Kobe explodes off the bench like a man possessed. Diving after loose balls, ball hawking defense, swishing impossible 3-pointers, driving through the hacking defense like a co-ed at a Tailhook convention. Taking their leader’s cue, the Lakers make a complete turnaround: pressure defense, up tempo offense, even picking up high screens (amazing!). Kobe’s 81 point game is the greatest individual performance ever because the sheer volume of points transcends anyone’s expectations of what’s possible. It’s the greatest because at a time when his team needed him, when his city needed him, he gave everything he had to ensure a victory. But most of all, it’s the greatest because it was a first emphatic step in forging an identity for a young, fragile team. With this one description-defying effort Kobe showed the Lakers the tenacious refusal to lose, the sheer dedication and personal commitment required to win at this level. Bring it all, every night. Watching Kobe throw himself into the game, shrugging off the pain in his ankle and wrist, working to exhaustion to win one regular season game is a lesson these Lakers will not soon forget. And neither will anyone else who witnessed the greatest individual performance in the history of the NBA.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Mayoral takeover

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MAYOR Antonio Villaraigosa is taking his pitch for school reform to the people all across Los Angeles, painting a disturbing picture of a bloated bureaucracy in dire straits and failing an entire generation of Angelenos. He talks about the second-largest government agency of its kind that should be among the most respected in the world but somehow can’t seem to even accomplish its most basic responsibilities with its multibillion-dollar budget. He decries the disconnect between the agency’s officials and constituents, describing a bureaucracy that has become so remote from the people it serves that it can’t hope to turn around without outside intervention. Which is, of course, where he comes in a take-charge mayor who will get things fixed, hold people accountable and empower ordinary folks to play important roles. But wait a minute: Is Villaraigosa talking about the Los Angeles Unified School District or the city he heads? Villaraigosa’s assessment of the LAUSD and its current state of abject failure is right on target. But what he doesn’t see or perhaps doesn’t want to acknowledge is that the same things are true of City Hall. If the LAUSD’s problems can be defined by its 50 percent or so dropout rate and low achievement, the city’s can be calculated in the flight out of town of the middle class and the good-paying jobs that supported them. So if a take-charge mayor holding people accountable is good enough for the schools, it should be good enough for the city. The school district is run by a group of extremely well-paid people who seem to be primarily interested in preserving the bureaucracy and squashing diversity and creativity. The city, by comparison, is run by a group of extremely well-paid people who also seem to be engaged in keeping their place in the power structure and not rocking the boat. The LAUSD board of education members are virtually anointed by public-employee unions or the mayor or one of the various political power brokers in the city. Their meetings are designed to squelch public comment, not encourage it. The Los Angeles City Council is put into place by more or less the same interests, paid handsomely and granted much bigger staffs. And hard as it may be to believe, the council has decided to refuse to listen to the public at all. Mayor Villaraigosa is right. The bureaucracy is broken both in the schools and at City Hall. And while he needs new state legislation to fix the schools, the new city charter gives him all the tools he needs to put the bureaucracy and the City Council in their places. So he can start fixing the city. last_img read more

‘It wasn’t my intention to go against him’ – Kepa explains Sarri ‘misunderstanding’

first_img LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 3 The goalkeeper had been treated for cramp and Sarri intended to introduce substitute glovesman Willy Caballero in his place.However, Kepa refused to leave the pitch and stayed in goal for the penalty shootout, which Chelsea lost 4-3 as City secured back-to-back Carabao Cup triumphs.Explaining his actions, Chelsea’s no.1 told the club’s website: “First of all, I have to say it was misunderstood. In no moment was it my intention to disobey, or anything like that with the boss. Kepa Arrizabalaga insists he never intended to disobey Maurizio Sarri’s orders in Chelsea’s Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City.The Blues boss was furious when Kepa refused to be substituted in the second-half of extra time on Sunday. 3 RANKED “Just that it was misunderstood, because I had been attended to by the medics twice, and he thought that I wasn’t in condition to continue.“It was two or three minutes of confusion until the medics got to the bench, and they explained everything well.“This was nothing to do with the problems I had this week, with [my hamstring] it wasn’t that. And, well, it was misunderstood. Because he thought I couldn’t continue, and – fundamentally – I was trying to say that physically I was fine.“I know if you see it from the outside, I don’t know how it went out, it is not the best image. I have spoken with the boss. I think it was misunderstood.“I understand that on television, on social media, they’re talking about this but I am here to explain it, to say that it wasn’t my intention to go against the manager. 3 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Sky Sports Maurizio Sarri was left incensed by Kepa’s refusal to leave the pitch Kepa saved one penalty in the shootout Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REPLY BEST OF Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars no dice “We have spoken now, and I was only trying to say I’m fine. He thought I wasn’t fine.”Kepa’s actions appeared to undermine Sarri, who could face the sack after failing to win the first major trophy of the season.The Italian is under increasing pressure as Chelsea have lost three of their previous four Premier League games.Sarri downplayed Kepa’s refusal to come off and claimed it was a ‘misunderstanding’.The row is set to only increase speculation over Sarri’s future at Stamford Bridge. Sarri had one or two things to say to Kepa but the two were separated at the end of the game REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won huge blow ADVICE REVEALED shining MONEY Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Kepa added: “I don’t think it has to be the major act of this final. I understand we played a good level against one of the best teams in the world.“We were close to winning, obviously we’re sad that we didn’t, and I think the team needs to continue playing like this, because today we’ve shown we can compete against the best teams.“Among the negatives, we have to take the positives.”last_img read more

Tottenham ‘have £52m bid rejected’ for LaLiga midfielder

first_img Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Getty Despite only becoming an official Betis player last month, Spurs are keen to bring him to the Premier League.Diaro de Sevilla report the north London club have had a £52million bid for the Argentina international turned down. 2 Lo Celso scored 16 goals for Real Betis this season REPLY Giovani Lo Celso is wanted by Tottenham Tottenham have reportedly seen a £52million bid for Giovani Lo Celso turned down.The midfielder has been on loan with LaLiga side Real Betis last season and they made the move permanent in April when they triggered a £20million option in the deal. The 23-year-old was at Paris Saint-Germain and played 48 games in all competitions for the Ligue 1 club last season.He was sent out on loan to the LaLiga club and made a big impression with 16 goals in all competitions.Tottenham may be looking for a player to fill the void if Christian Eriksen leaves in the summer. shining Real Madrid are rumoured to be interested in signing the playmaker during the transfer window.Spurs have not bought a player for the last two transfer windows but that looks set to change with a number of people being linked with moves to the north London club. ADVICE Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card no dice tense Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 2 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Getty huge blow gameday cracker Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ last_img read more