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.
All of the Yankees and Nationals take a knee during tonight’s National Anthem. pic.twitter.com/qOyiLxfQIL— Ryan Field (@RyanFieldABC) July 23, 2020The Nationals and Yankees all knelt (every single player) for a moment before the anthem, but no one knelt while the anthem was played. pic.twitter.com/RKTUtSOmpv— Hannah Keyser (@HannahRKeyser) July 23, 2020There were reports in recent days that the Yankees and Nationals would settle on a gesture of solidarity in support of social justice and against racial inequality; this was the result. Earlier in the week, members of the Giants and Angels knelt during the national anthem prior to an exhibition, bringing attention to a sport that has wrestled with racism throughout its existence.MORE: Dr. Fauci’s terrible first pitch | Trump to throw first pitch in BronxAs with most things social justice in sports, this was met with both invitation and opposition. Some called the gesture touching while others pointed out that kneeling before the national anthem defeats the purpose of similar protests that have taken place around sports.A knee and a standA great compromise #openingday2020 https://t.co/NqPHTSPqjG— Ronald Smith (@Just_Ron10) July 23, 2020Shameful.#Yankees #Nationals #OpeningDay https://t.co/GEERmehkaL— Lazer Rubin (@lazer_rubin) July 23, 2020You can make of this what you will, but it was basically what Jerry Jones did. https://t.co/Ez6G5GZpNV— Christopher Crawford (@Crawford_MILB) July 23, 2020Good. Do it every game.#BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/Gw8Y4kdbN1— Mills (@MillsTwitch) July 23, 2020And then they all stood for the anthem. It was all very strange! https://t.co/BSJ7OpuEUp— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) July 23, 2020Super super disappointing from a lot of players I respect 😞 https://t.co/7Mk6LwyXfO— Tess Fabeck ✌🏻 (@tkfabeck) July 23, 2020Performative bullshit https://t.co/Uoi8Dr2lDI— just here for the hot dogs (@javyisking09) July 23, 2020Big Jerry Jones grinning into the camera vibes https://t.co/jMulkNgrAb— Nick Stellini (@StelliniTweets) July 23, 2020Then what’s the point??? https://t.co/2Oe19jS8DK— T.G.K. (@TangoGolfKilo) July 23, 2020Thanks I hate it https://t.co/cbH0jdFd4m— Guy Tweet Haver (@thetweethaver) July 23, 2020Idk I feel like it’s maybe splitting hairs, and it’s a cool sign of unity, but doing it DURING the anthem is sort of the point imo. https://t.co/CwyUTZpmel— Nick (@nlcknotnick) July 23, 2020 Yankees and Nationals players took a stand by kneeling Thursday night.Prior to the start of the 2020 MLB season opener in Washington, all members of both teams took a knee prior to the start of the national anthem. They also held a piece of black cloth.