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Manuel Pellegrini unfazed by talk linking Pep Guardiola with Manchester City job

first_img Press Association The City manager says he has learned to live with suggestions from outside the club that he is only keeping the seat warm for Bayern Munich’s much sought-after former Barcelona boss. Reports in Spain on Friday claimed City had agreed a deal in principle with the Catalan and speculation increased when Guardiola later pulled out of a planned press conference in Munich citing personal reasons. For Pellegrini, such talk is nothing new. Rumours of a City move for Guardiola have recurred throughout his tenure at the Etihad Stadium, and even predate his arrival in 2013. He accepts he can do little about it with the two former Barca executives now at City, Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain, always lending substance to the conjecture by their mere presence at the club. Pellegrini said: “It is a rumour that we have had for the last two and a half seasons here. There is not a problem about that. “I don’t analyse different rumours. Everyone can make rumours, write or talk about different rumours. “It’s not a lack of respect about me – this is the profession. It is that way. In every big team – Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester United – it is the same thing. You must have trust in your work – that’s very important.” Pellegrini, 62, signed a one-year extension to a contract that was due to expire at the end of the season during the summer. That was never likely to put an end to speculation linking Guardiola, who is also out of contract next summer, with City but Pellegrini is not distracted from his job. The Chilean said: “The only confidence I have is about my work. I think that is the way you must try to demonstrate the kind of manager you are. “I never have any problem about my work, so it doesn’t matter what they say. If (that was) not (the case), it’s impossible to work in this club – and not just in this club, but every big team.” Pellegrini’s priority is to get City back to winning ways after a 4-1 thrashing by Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League last weekend and a midweek loss to Juventus in the Champions League. City have slipped to third in the table, but Pellegrini is confident of getting his title favourites back on track. He said: “It is important to be a solid, consistent team and to recover our normal style of play and that will give us the points we need to win it.” Manuel Pellegrini has shrugged off the latest round of speculation linking Pep Guardiola with his job at Manchester City. last_img read more

No. 1 Stanford outlasts USC in double overtime

first_imgIn a rematch of last year’s NCAA championship game, No. 1 Stanford defeated the No. 3 USC women’s water polo team at McDonald’s Swim Stadium in double overtime Saturday.With a final score of 9-8, the Cardinal (19-0, 4-0) broke the Women of Troy’s 23-game win streak at home after six intense periods of play.“Obviously I’m really disappointed and upset that we didn’t come out on top,” said senior driver Joelle Bekhazi. “We worked hard all the way to the end. It was kind of like a roller coaster ride and that’s what we need to fix in the future.”The Women of Troy (15-4, 3-2) started off the game strong, scoring four goals to Stanford’s one in the first period. Stanford came powering back, however, and the game was tied at six heading into the final quarter of regulation.Stanford scored two goals quickly to start off the fourth period, but the Women of Troy found a way to tie it up in the last two minutes, as junior driver Nadia Dan scored her third goal of the day and senior two-meter Kristen Dronberger added a last-minute goal to even the score at 7-7.“The biggest concern we had from them [Stanford] was their counterattack,” said USC coach Jovan Vavic. “They go fast, they anticipate, they get the ball in the hands of dangerous players. If you’re not prepared for that, that’s how they win games. In the first quarter, we did a good job of that, and in the fourth too. But not in the second or third.”The two teams continued to battle in overtime, until Stanford scored with 1:25 left. But then, with 57 seconds left, the Women of Troy tied the game up once more and forced a second overtime period.Stanford scored on its first possession of the second overtime, and though the Women of Troy had possession in the last few seconds of the game, their final shot missed and the Cardinal emerged victorious.“I’m disappointed that we did not win the game,” Vavic said. “There were lots of things that we did well, especially in the first quarter, but then we changed … We had an opportunity to win the game at the end and we missed it.”The Women of Troy were happy with their defensive play, despite the loss.“One thing that we have been working on is our 5 on 6 defense and we only let them score 2 out of 11 and that was a great positive that came out,” Bekhazi said. “[In the future] I think our fast break defense will not have any more mental breakdowns and we will not allow any more natural goals.”Regardless of the outcome, Vavic said he was pleased with the team’s attitude.“Overall I was very pleased with the energy,” he said. “Even when we did not play well, we were still playing with energy.”last_img read more

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