‘History is not 10 years’ – Pep feeling weight of Liverpool clash

first_imgManchester City’s history of achievement is dwarfed by Liverpool’s at the elite level, according to Pep Guardiola – a factor that could loom over Thursday’s crunch Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium.Victory for Jurgen Klopp’s side would take them 10 points clear of champions City at the summit and in prime position to claim their 19th top-flight title.The most recent of those arrived in 1989-90, with their most recent near-miss coming as runners up in 2013-14. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! City triumphed that season and have won three of the previous seven Premier Leagues under the ownership and vast financial muscle of Sheikh Mansour.The presence of seasoned campaigners with repeated title-winning experience such as Vincent Kompany, David Silva and Sergio Aguero may work in Guardiola’s favour against the Reds, but his time with Barcelona and Bayern Munich means he knows how the cherished status of Europe’s elite clubs can act as an intangible driving factor on such occasions.Preparing our A Game for tomorrow night! CITY! CITY! CITY! #mancity pic.twitter.com/k6nXynw5Wz — Manchester City (@ManCity) January 2, 2019 “I cannot deny the history,” he said. “In terms of [City] competing with the elite in the Premier League, it is the last decade. The history is not 10 years, it’s much more, it’s longer.”Anfield is Anfield, Old Trafford is Old Trafford and the history and the Champions Leagues [won] are, when the players put the shirt on, what they know they have to defend.”It’s a question for them [why Liverpool have a title drought] but when I was a little boy I looked at the Premier League from Catalonia. It was always two or three teams, City were not there.”That is why, when the people from Abu Dhabi took over and all the people working here – [Roberto] Mancini, Manuel [Pellegrini] and now ourselves – we are trying to be in there.”In the last decade our club is incredible, being in the Champions League, but of course that doesn’t win games. If you don’t win it is not because of the history.”But the history is there and I know what it means when you go on the biggest stages and you know what you have behind. How do you take a step forward? I have to defend something special.”Maybe in the next decades the players coming here will feel that. Our target is higher now and that is what I want to try and maintain.”Is @debruynekev ready to rock? Can we close the gap? #PEPTALK with @marathonbet #mancity pic.twitter.com/KEs3Y9QuF9 — Manchester City (@ManCity) January 2, 2019 While City have not maintained the phenomenal levels of their 100-point season last time around, with three December defeats handing the title initiative to Liverpool, Guardiola is satisfied to find them in the race and boasting a healthy points total at midway.”What I didn’t want at the start of the season was to fall down and drop after success. I talked many times with the players,” he explained.”I know what happened after Chelsea won the league and after Leicester won the league. The year after was tough.”I was saying that was what we have to avoid and we avoided it. We have a lot of points, we are fighting for the Premier League. When that happens you cannot have regrets, but there is an opponent who did incredibly.”Liverpool’s form gives them their shot at adding to the history Guardiola so reveres – something he feels could bring a particular type of pressure.”I can feel what the Liverpool players feel after not winning the Premier League for 29 years. To be there to win the Premier League, I understand,” he added.”I said to the players, that is the big difficulty, to handle that. That is why in this season we want to maintain being there and do it as far as possible.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

World Cups are important check points on way to Olympics: Heena

first_imgMunich, May 22 (PTI) The ISSF World Cups are “important check points” on the way to the Olympic Games, said Indias pistol ace Heena Sidhu, who is geared up to compete in the years final World Cup for rifle and pistol shooters, starting here on Thursday. The former world number one is hoping to test her skills and score consistently in the build-up to the World Championships in September, which will also be the first quota event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. “The World Cup in Munich is extremely important to figure where I stand before going into the first Olympic qualifiers that will start from the World Championship in September,” Heena said on tournament eve. “We have experience of two Olympic cycles and we are using it to improve our preparations. The CWG, these World Cups are very important check points on our way to the Olympics. These competitions will show the true effects of our training and based on my results we can amend our preparations.” The Commonwealth Games and World Cup Final gold medallist will be competing in three events — 10m air pistol, 25m sport pistol and mixed team event (10 metre) in the German city. The field includes Serbias Zorana Arunovic, Ukraines Olena Kostevych, Greeces Anna korakaki, Frances Celine Goberville and those from China, Korea and Germany besides countrymates Manu Bhaker (10 metre) and Rahi Sarnobat (25m). Heena said she has worked on physical conditioning and body stability during a two-week training camp in Germany. “I and my team have been working hard in improving all aspects of my game keeping the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in mind,” said the 28-year-old Heena.advertisement “We are focusing on physical conditioning and body stability. There are some good balancing equipment here so we are making use of it,” said coach Ronak Pandit on Heena?s preparations. “And technically, we are working more on match readiness and on our refocus strategies because there can always be a silly mistake by you in a match or someone else doing something that disturbs you, but you need to recover quickly. So we are working on our refocus strategies and bounce back ratios.” Heena will begin her campaign with the 25m sport pistol event qualification precision event on Thursday. The qualification rapid fire stage will be held on Friday, with the finals slated on the same day. On Sunday, she will be in action in the 10m air pistol followed by next Mondays mixed team category event. “I am in sound technical physical and mental state and my equipment is in top notch condition as well. I love competing in Munich and look forward to the competition,” Heena said. PTI AH AH PDS PDSlast_img read more

Leftleaning Quebec solidaire declares war on business attire in the legislature

first_imgMONTREAL — It has been just over two months since they were elected to the legislature, and new Quebec solidaire members have not yet succeeded in their goal of replacing capitalism. But they have launched an assault on business attire that is making waves in the provincial capital.Since the legislature resumed sitting last week, some members of the left-leaning party have been spotted at the national assembly wearing tank tops, jeans, heavy boots, tuques and running shoes.“Institutions change over the years,” said 36-year-old Catherine Dorion, who on some days wears green Dr. Martens boots to work.“If they didn’t, we would all be wearing white wigs, and women wouldn’t be allowed in the legislature.”The newcomers’ fashion sense has caught the attention of Speaker Francois Paradis, a member of the governing Coalition Avenir Quebec party. He told reporters Wednesday he wants to modernize the legislature and welcomes a debate about its dress code.“I am happy because this reflection is essential and healthy,” Paradis said. “This reflection is happening everywhere in the world.”Quebec solidaire members take pride in their radical policies — they talk openly of nationalizing some industries and moving “beyond capitalism.” But the party’s 10 members also believe their recent electoral success shows citizens are ready for a different kind of politician.Sol Zanetti, 36, elected for the first time in the Oct. 1 vote, told reporters he wore jeans last week during question period, and no one seemed to notice.He said politicians should be allowed to wear what they want — within reason. The 500-page legislature rule book says members must “contribute to the maintenance of decorum,” but it does not dictate a dress code.“You have to have confidence in people,” Zanetti told reporters at the legislature. “If we came dressed as a chicken or a giraffe, then we would be harming decorum. But as of now, we are dressing in a comfortable way.”Quebec solidaire also eschews the traditional party structure.It doesn’t have “leaders” in the formal sense, but rather, one male and one female “spokesperson.”Politicians are regularly accused of not relating to young people, Dorion said, adding that dressing in a diverse fashion might get new people interested in politics. She gave her election victory speech wearing a pink T-shirt with flamingos printed on it.“Why not go and attract more people by representing a larger palette of people?” she asked.Quebec solidaire increased its seat total to 10 from three in the election, winning beyond Montreal for the first time with seats in Quebec City, the Eastern Townships, and northwestern Quebec. For many, it has replaced the Parti Quebecois as the voice of a young, progressive, sovereigntist movement.Martin Ouellet, a PQ member of the legislature, rejected the idea that more formal attire somehow prevents him from representing everyone in his riding.“If I come here wearing a suit and tie, do I represent less well the people of my riding?” he asked. “My riding is full of people who work in factories, who work hard. If I came here in work boots and factory clothes, would I be more authentic? I’m not convinced.”— With files from Caroline Plante Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Presslast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as Appa in Kim’s Convenience. STEPHEN SCOTT / CBC LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook It was during his early days as Appa in Ins Choi’s hit play Kim’s Convenience that Paul Sun-Hyung Lee realized just how convincing he was in the part.At a Toronto Q&A held after a performance a few years back, Lee said he heard something like a gasp from the audience when he began speaking. The Calgary-raised actor has played aging patriarch Appa Kim nearly 500 times on stage and for two seasons on the hit CBC sitcom based on the play, which takes place in a Toronto convenience store and focuses on a dysfunctional Canadian-Korean family. But he is not Appa Kim. For one, he doesn’t have the accent. He also had significantly less grey hair at the time and was also least was 20 years younger than the character he was playing.“There was this huge rumbling,” says Lee, in a phone interview from his home in Toronto. “I couldn’t understand why and then it was ‘Oh, yes, this is my voice. This is how I actually sound.’ People started to laugh and clap. The reactions have ranged from people being completely floored and saying ‘Oh my God, that’s even more incredible’ to people being disappointed and saying ‘Oh, so it’s not real?’ I think it’s a huge compliment as an actor when it doesn’t even occur to people that it’s an accent that is being put on.” Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more