Guardiola says European glory will define reign at Man City

first_img Loading… Pep Guardiola claims he will be regarded as a failure at Manchester City if he does not win the Champions League. Guardiola has won five major trophies since taking charge at the Etihad Stadium in 2016, including two Premier League titles. ‘That is why I will be judged, if we don’t win it in my final period here, that I will be a failure here. I know that. ‘But I enjoy working with my players and my players still win a lot of games. Winning a certain way is what helps you to win the titles a and we believe we can play that way. We will see at the end.’ City return to Spurs Sunday for the first time since their defeat in last season’s quarter-final first leg. Spurs are now under the charge of Guardiola’s old rival Jose Mourinho, with the Portuguese having taken over from the sacked Mauricio Pochettino last November. Guardiola expects to face a team that shows traits of both managers in Sunday’s Premier League contest. Guardiola was devastated when VAR call knocked his side out of the quarter-finals in 2019 Read Also: Man City May Activate Buy-Back Clause On Iheanacho He said: ‘They are quite different but there are similarities. Their teams are both quite aggressive. ‘I saw Tottenham at Southampton and they were alive. They conceded a last-minute goal but I saw a team that is there. ‘Every manager has different ideas, both are incredible managers. Mauricio Pochettino was there five or six years while Mourinho has been there just months, so all managers need time to make our teams play the way we want.’ FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 As yet, however, they have been unable to transfer their domestic dominance onto the European stage. City have not yet progressed beyond the quarter-finals under Guardiola, getting knocked out by Monaco, Liverpool and Tottenham in the Spaniard’s last three campaigns. Guardiola won the competition twice at Barcelona but could not repeat that at Bayern Munich. His tenure at the German club was consequently considered a disappointment in some quarters, despite him winning three successive Bundesliga crowns. The Spaniard won the Champions League trophy twice while manager of Barcelona He said: ‘We will, of course, not just be judged on the way we play but the titles we win. That is the truth. It is as simple as that. ‘Last year was an extraordinary one for us but people say, ‘But you didn’t win the Champions League’. Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhat Are The Chances Of An Apocalypse Happening This Century?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo10 Extremely Dirty Seas In The WorldTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeBest Car Manufacturers In The World10 Irresistibly Beautiful Asian Actresses10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddon6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do Thislast_img read more

DeAndre Jordan, Blake Griffin lead Clippers past Detroit Pistons

first_img“We didn’t put up a resistance,” Smith said. “They had transition 3s, open looks at 3s and they were getting layups in transition and throwing lobs and we just let them have everything. I don’t know what happened.”Jordan made his first seven shots. Blake Griffin added 25 points and Jamal Crawford scored 26 for the Clippers, who are now 6-2 since losing star point guard Chris Paul to a shoulder injury.J.J. Redick added 20 points for Los Angeles, including two four-point plays when the Pistons fouled him beyond the arc.Rodney Stuckey scored 29 points for Detroit and Smith added 24, but the Pistons got almost nothing from their starting backcourt. Brandon Jennings went scoreless and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored only six points.Jordan dunked four times in the first quarter alone. The Clippers led 64-53 at halftime after shooting 66 percent from the field. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “They’ve got to be able to step up with J.J., Jamal, Matt (Barnes), guys like that,” Jordan said. “So I was open a lot at the rim early.”Jordan has six double-doubles in the last seven games, and his most impressive dunk of the day was probably a one-handed alley-oop from Redick in the third quarter. Jordan’s eyes were around rim level on that one, which gave Los Angeles an 82-67 lead.“That’s the way they play. They pound the ball inside, and they are always looking for the lob,” Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks said. “They don’t usually get as many of them as they did tonight, but that’s what they do.”Redick bounced back after a 4-for-17 showing against Indiana on Saturday. His first four-point play put the Clippers up 38-33 in the second quarter. His second came in the third, after the Pistons had cut the lead to six and looked ready for a potential run.“That’s my job — to knock down some shots,” Redick said. “I think we played really well in that second quarter, and then in that third quarter we had another good stretch.”The last player with two four-point plays in one game was Crawford, who did it for Golden State against Denver on March 28, 2009, according to STATS.“I figured he’d probably done it before,” Redick said. “He’s the master.”Once the Clippers pulled away, about the only fun moment for most of the crowd came when a fan seated courtside was drenched by a drink after the ball went sailing out of bounds right at him. He seemed to take the mishap in good spirits, and the game was delayed briefly while the floor in front of him was cleaned.Detroit trailed by as many as 20 points in the fourth. The Pistons cut the deficit to nine late in the game, but Jordan punctuated a terrific day with yet another alley-oop dunk.“It was a good performance. It wasn’t a great performance,” Griffin said. “I thought we relaxed too much at certain times. In the fourth quarter, we should have done a better job.”NOTES: Caldwell-Pope fouled Redick on both four-point plays. … Jordan finished 8 of 11 from the field and 0 for 6 on free throws. … Jennings missed all seven of his shots from the field, going scoreless for only the second time in 330 career games. It also happened in March, when he was with Milwaukee. … The Pistons dropped to 7-14 at home this season. They are 10-10 on the road.center_img AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — There’s something about the Detroit Pistons that seems to bring out DeAndre Jordan’s best dunks.Jordan had 16 points and 21 rebounds — dunking seven times with a layup — and the Los Angeles Clippers breezed to a 112-103 victory over the Pistons on Monday. Jordan threw down a memorable dunk on Detroit’s Brandon Knight last March. Knight is no longer on the Pistons, but Jordan put on another highlight show in this meeting against Detroit big men Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe.“We knew we had to bring it,” Jordan said.Detroit’s Josh Smith had his own explanation.last_img read more

Lancaster homicide victim identified

first_imgLANCASTER – A man gunned down Sunday while waving an advertising in Quartz Hill was identified today as 22-year-old Derel Smith of Lancaster, a sheriff’s official said. Smith was killed in broad daylight on a busy Lancaster street. “It was a brutal shooting,” homicide detective Jim Gates said. “The guy was shot while he was out there trying to make a living. “It’s a tragedy.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Smith was carrying a sign advertising a nearby housing development when he was shot at 12:04 p.m., a coroner’s office official said. He was pronounced dead a short time later at a local hospital. His body was found on the southeast corner of 45th Street West and Avenue K. Gates said the investigation has produced several leads, but that no suspects or motives have been established. “It’s a complete who-done-it,” Gates said. [email protected] (661) 267-7802 last_img read more