Pellegrini plays down title talk

first_img The result put City within three points of leaders Chelsea with two matches in hand, but Pellegrini refused to entertain talk of the title being theirs to lose. “I don’t think so. We will continue fighting with the other three teams, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool, and we have to win the two postponed games and continue playing the way we play,” said the Chilean. “I am not thinking about the title. Tomorrow we are thinking about Arsenal (who they face on Saturday).” By contrast, Moyes was left to defend another poor performance from his side which left them 12 points adrift of fourth, with Chelsea a distant 18 ahead. “I take responsibility for the team, I always will do,” said the Scot, whose side have taken just seven points from 13 games against the present top nine and scored only one goal – and that from a corner. “Everyone knows this is going to be a job which is going to take a little bit of time to get the way we would like it, but that is the job and I recognise that. “I thought it would be a tough year for us, no doubt about that, but I hoped it would be much more competitive and closer to the top of the league than we are at the present time.” Moyes has consistently shouldered the blame and deflected criticism away from his players and he did so again, although even he admitted he did not understand why they were not up for the game against their rivals from the off. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini insists he is not thinking about winning the Premier League title, but for United counterpart David Moyes such a scenario remains nothing more than a pipe dream after he admitted full responsibility for their disastrous season. “We never started well. We never gave ourselves a great opportunity to get into the game,” added the Scot. “Manchester City started really fast and conceding a goal after 30-40 seconds made it difficult. “I just think we never came out of the blocks. You prepare the players, you warm them up, you do all the things to have them ready, but we just never started. “It gave them (City) a real big lift to get a goal so early on. “We had to try to make sure we got through that 10-15 minute period when they were out of the blocks. “After that we weathered it and got ourselves back into the game and finished the half quite strong. “The key to it was not to concede a second goal so we could always give ourselves a chance back in there, but I didn’t think we started the second half well. “We brought pressure on us by our play and in the end we conceded a corner just before that and there was another one and then that led to a goal. “It was obviously poor marking and we should have done much better.” In a relatively incident-free Manchester derby, the only controversial incident came in the first half when United midfielder Marouane Fellaini escaped with a yellow card after appearing to catch Pablo Zabaleta in the face with an elbow. Pellegrini said he saw it but accepted referee Michael Oliver’s judgement. Moyes said he initially did not think it was a foul and had to be told afterwards it was a potential red card. “I didn’t see the incident. If the referee decided not to send him off I respect that,” said the City boss. Moyes added: “I genuinely have not seen it again. When I first saw it in the game I didn’t even think it was a free-kick so I couldn’t even tell you, but by what I am hearing people are saying it could have been worse.” Press Association The Red Devils slumped to a sixth home defeat to their ‘noisy neighbours’ after Edin Dzeko scored twice – including the fastest Premier League goal by a visiting team after 44 seconds – and Yaya Toure added a late third. United have now lost more matches at home this campaign than in the last three seasons combined, and in doing so became the first reigning top-flight champion in 51 years to lose six or more of their first 15 home matches since Ipswich in 1962-63. last_img read more

Brazil 2014:Brazilian referee Sandro Ricci to officiate Ghana Vs Germany game

first_imgBrazilian referee, Sandro Ricci has been appointed by the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) to handle Saturday’s crunch Group G game between the Black Stars and Germany.Saturday’s game between Ghana and Germany will be Ricci’s second game after handling the France- Honduras match that saw the historic introduction of Goal Line Technology to decide France’s second goal scored by Karim Benzema.Prior to Brazil 2014, Sandro Ricci in the previous year covered four matches at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey, in addition to two matches at the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup, where he officiated the final between Bayern Munich and Raja Casablanca.Sandro Ricci hails from Brasilia, the capital of the host nation, Brazil; and is 39 years of age.Meanwhile, on Saturday, coach Appiah and his 23-man contingent will be looking to bounce back from their demoralizing 2-1 loss against the United States of America and secure the needed point to salvage their dwindling World Cup fortunes.Ghana is currently placed third in Group G and will need at least a point from the game to remain in the competition. Germany, on the other hand, lies atop of Group G with a comfortable 3 points after their convincing 4-0 win over Portugal.last_img read more

Bazdarevic announced the List of Players for Match against Greece

first_imgHead coach of the national football team of BiH, Mehmed Bazdarevic, announced the list of players for the match against Greece in Athens, which will be played within qualifiers for placement on the World Cup in Russia in 2018.On Bazdarevic’s list are following:– Goalkeepers: Asmir Begovic, Ibrahim Sehic and Kenan Piric– Defense: Toni Sunjic, Ognjen Vranjes, Emir Spahic, Sead Kolasinac, Ermin Bicakcic, Edin Cocalic and Ervin Zukanovic– Midfielders: Miralem Pjanic, Haris Medunjanin, Gojko Cimirot, Mato Jajalo, Edin Visca, Rade Krunic, Tino Sven Susic, Izet Hajrovic, Senad Lulic and Danijel Milicevic– Attack: Edin Dzeko, Vedad Ibisevic and Milan Djuric.Sanjin Prcic and Marin Anicic canceled their arrival due to their injuries.On the wider list are Samir Memisevic, Dario Dumic, Haris Duljevic, Miroslav Stevanovic and Tomislav Tomic.The match Greece – BiH will be played on the 13th of November in Athens.When it comes to the situation in Group H, the first is the team of Belgium with 9 points, and the runner-up Greece has the same number of points. BiH is on the third place with six points, while Estonia has three points. Cyprus and Gibraltar have no points.(Source: D. B./Klix.ba)last_img read more

Tell Us Your Thoughts About Hoverboards, Ferries, the Environment, Accessibility and…

first_imgFacebook11Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston Regional Planning CouncilThurston Regional Planning Council is extending the Community Survey to March 20, 2020. Originally scheduled to close on February 28, we’ve extended the survey so that we can hear from as many community members as possible.Just 13 questions in 5 minutes, everyone in your family can tell us your views on passenger ferries, autonomous vehicles, hover boards, and toll lanes. How important are these to you? And what kind of impact will they have on how you travel in the next 25 years? Do you think drone deliveries will positively or negatively impact you?  How important is maintaining our existing infrastructure, improving intersections, and adding bicycle and pedestrian facilities?TRPC’s website has interesting information about the Plan and factoids about what we might face between now and 2045 with a growing population, new technologies, and changes to our environment. Visit www.trpc.org/rtp to learn more about the Plan and to take the survey.last_img read more

Millionaire Steve Smith on a roll both on and off the field!

first_imgAdvertisement 397jNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2kaWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Enf4( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) gpWould you ever consider trying this?😱7hh60Can your students do this? 🌚lqhnsRoller skating! Powered by Firework Steve Smith’s cricketing career has had its highs and lows, but these days it seems like fortune is indeed by his side. On the field his twin centuries in both innings of the first Ashes Test helped Australia to comeback over England at Edgbaston. And now reports claim that off the field, Smith’s business and investment ventures have turned into an overwhelming profit. According to The Australian Financial Review, the former Australian skipper has turned a $1,00,000 investment in an Australian mattress retailer (Koala Mattress) into a whopping $12.1 million profit.Advertisement On July 2015 Steve Smith invested for 10 percent of the company just before he was declared the Australian Test captain. Since then, the company has built a solid customer base of more than 2,00,000 people and is now valued at over $150 million. His ownership helped the company rake in more investors as he became their brand ambassador as well. Smith, who is among the top five earners of Cricket Australia also has a $2 million contract with Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League.Advertisement However, last year saw Smith reportedly lose up to $7 million during the ball-tampering scandal. He was heavily booed throughout the World Cup and the Ashes series but the Aussie superstar did not let it distract him. With a career average of 62.96 in test cricket, he is now second only to the great Don Bradman. Looks like fortune favors the brave after all. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more