Pellegrini looking for improvement

first_img Press Association “In football you never know but the normal thing is to continue improving.” City, with the experience of their 2012 title win behind them, their talented squad and financial muscle, head into 2014 as the league favourites. The club have bold ambitions to build on that and not only win more silverware, but establish themselves as England’s dominant footballing force. Pellegrini hopes to be the man to oversee that progression, but knows in such a tight competition that will not be straightforward. He said: “I think we must try at least. It is very difficult to be the dominant club here in England. “Chelsea is a very strong team, Manchester United is, Arsenal is, Tottenham, Liverpool – it is very important to be fighting to be the best team.” Pellegrini is also hoping striker Stevan Jovetic’s luck will finally turn in the second half of the season. The Montenegro striker was signed for £22million from Fiorentina in the summer but has made just five appearances due to various disorders. Jovetic had niggling injuries soon after his arrival and then had a long lay-off with a calf problem. His potential return in December was scuppered by illness and he is now out again with a hamstring injury. Pellegrini said: “I hope this will be the last time he is out and he can start playing normally. He is a very important player and we need him. “I suppose he has had very bad luck in his first part of the year. I hope that the second half will be very good for him.” Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is happy with his first six months in the job – but knows things must still improve. Yet the Chilean was also set the challenging task of winning five trophies in the next five seasons when he was appointed in the summer, and he knows further improvement is expected. Pellegrini, lured from Malaga after the sacking of Roberto Mancini, said: “It is unbelievable how fast the time goes. “Six months here is a lot of time, but it was very short for me. “Playing every few days the time runs, but after six months I am very happy and very settled here in England. “It is a good club. Working with the team, I always think the first months are the most difficult for a manager, or the players starting a new job. “To be in the position that we are now already, I think it is a very good start for the season. “But the important thing is to continue learning, always, not just this year but every year and not always in the Premier League, everything. “It is very important to be improving, always. City head into the second half of the 2013-14 season well placed, a point off the top of the Barclays Premier League and still involved in the Champions League and Capital One Cup. Pellegrini also appears to have fulfilled the stated requirement of the club’s hierarchy to improve the team’s style of football, with 82 goals scored across all competitions. last_img read more


Beat writers predict winner of Syracuse-Notre Dame men’s basketball

first_img Published on January 20, 2017 at 2:49 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (11-8, 3-3 Atlantic Coast) travels to South Bend, Indiana, to take on No. 15 Notre Dame (16-3, 5-1) on Saturday at noon. The Orange has yet to win a game away from the Carrier Dome and is still in search of a marquee win. A victory against the Fighting Irish would satisfy both holes in SU’s NCAA Tournament resume. Syracuse has won four straight against Notre Dame including last year’s 15-point upset at home.Here’s how our beat writers predict the game will unfold.Connor Grossman (11-8)HomesickNotre Dame 83, Syracuse 71There’s not much use in predicting a “signature” win for Syracuse’s resume until one actually comes to fruition. SU will have chances against Florida State, Duke and Louisville, just to name a few of the ACC obstacles that still lie ahead. But the Orange has looked inept on the road this season, and going up against a Notre Dame team with one loss in conference play, there’s little hope for the visitors on Saturday afternoon. Notre Dame is one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the conference, and they’re just as good at defending the 3. That’s how UND tabs Syracuse with its fourth conference loss.Matt Schneidman (10-9)Luck of the OrangeSyracuse 73, Notre Dame 71AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse has won four straight against Notre Dame, including last year’s tilt in the Carrier Dome when the Orange scored 44 first-half points. Jim Boeheim is 16-5 against Mike Brey, and the Fighting Irish is coming off its first conference loss to Florida State earlier this week. You won’t find any numbers on paper that give the Orange a sliver of hope to win this one; ND is the best foul-shooting team in the country and a top-10 offensive team, among other areas of strength. Just trust me, or call me crazy. Syracuse gets its first signature win.Paul Schwedelson (12-7)Taking a south bendNotre Dame 77, Syracuse 65If you judge individual talent, Notre Dame may not stack up with some of the other top teams in the conference, but the Fighting Irish is one of the best all-around teams in the nation. UND is 8-3 in games decided by 10 points or less, a testament to its ability to win ugly. Bonzie Colson leads the ACC with 12 10-rebound games and 11 double-doubles. Syracuse can’t afford to get beat on the boards in a second straight game, but don’t expect that to happen. Commentslast_img read more