Pellegrini impressed by City squad

first_img After weeks of speculation City made no attempt to deny, Pellegrini has finally been officially confirmed as the man to succeed the sacked Roberto Mancini. The 59-year-old Chilean has been tasked with bringing silverware to the Etihad Stadium and improving the team’s brand of football – and he is confident of achieving both. The former Real Madrid and Villarreal boss, who has left Malaga to take up his new post, told City TV: “I am sure we have the best squad in the Premier League. We have wonderful players and can win important titles in the next three or four seasons.” Pellegrini added: “Everyone knows if you arrive at a club like Manchester City you need to win titles. I am sure we are going to win – maybe the Premier League, the Champions League. We will try to win a lot. “I like attractive and attacking football, so all the people who go to the stadium can see a wonderful… show is not the word but I am sure they will enjoy the way we play. We are not going to be a team that scores a goal and goes back waiting for a counter-attack. We will always try to play in the opponents’ pitch and play attractive football.” Pellegrini’s appointment was expected early last week, following his final match in charge at Malaga. The delay in the announcement was reportedly due a hitch over the terms of his exit from Malaga, but their appointment of Bernd Schuster as his successor early on Friday suggested obstacles had been removed. Pellegrini has signed a three-year deal at Eastlands and will officially begin work on June 24, ahead of pre-season visits to Hong Kong, Indonesia, South Africa, Germany and Finland. Pellegrini also has a tough act to follow in Mancini, who despite failure to win silverware last season remained a fans’ favourite. The Italian ended a 35-year trophy drought by overseeing FA Cup success in 2011 and he topped that by following up with dramatic Premier League success last year. Pellegrini said: “I think Roberto did a great job here in Manchester. It is not easy to win the title after 44 years. But I think we start now a new cycle, a new style of club, adding to what Roberto has done over the years.” Press Associationcenter_img New Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has no doubt he is inheriting the best squad in England and is convinced he will soon win trophies.last_img read more

Christmas tallies double-double, struggles with foul trouble in Syracuse’s 65-47 win over Hampton

first_img Published on November 16, 2014 at 9:40 pm Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb If not for his second foul of the half, Rakeem Christmas could’ve had his double-double by the break.Instead, the big man had to wait for the second half to record it. He finished with 15 points and 16 rebounds in No. 23 Syracuse’s (2-0) 65-47 win over Hampton (0-2) in the Carrier Dome on Sunday. It was a promising follow-up for Christmas, who dropped a career-high 21 points to go with nine boards in SU’s season-opening win over Kennesaw State on Friday.“He’s playing like a beast.” SU guard Trevor Cooney said. “He’s playing like Rak. That’s how he is. Whenever he gets position, we’ve just got to keep finding him and he’s got to go to work.”But the 6-foot-9 senior also committed four fouls for the second straight game, a trend that could pose trouble down the road for the Orange, whose backup big men are thin and inexperienced.Sophomore Chinonso Obokoh only made his SU debut on Friday night, Doyin Akintobi-Adeyeye is a sophomore walk-on and the injured DaJuan Coleman’s season is in jeopardy.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut head coach Jim Boeheim said he is confident in freshman forward Chris McCullough’s ability to patrol the middle of the 2-3 zone. He said he also expects opposing offenses to target Christmas to attack the Orange’s depth.“He’s not alone. He’s fine,” Boeheim said. “He’ll have some foul problems and he’s learned how to play in those situations and I think he’ll be fine. But big guys do, from time to time, have foul situations and Chris is capable of going in there and playing.“I’m sure people will try to do that.”Christmas’ first foul came 63 seconds into the game as he got tangled up with Hampton’s Dwight Meikle at the elbow.But then he showed off his scoring talent, accounting for eight of the Orange’s first 13 points. Then his passing out of the post by finding sophomore forward B.J. Johnson for a 3.Still, the physicality that the Pirates presented got Christmas in some trouble, as he hacked Meikle once more at the 3:06 mark and had to sit the rest of the half. He committed two fouls within just over four minutes of each other in the second half and had to take a two-minute break.“We knew it was going to be a physical game,” Christmas said.Cooney and Christmas both mentioned the big man’s role in the offense as the focal point. Through two games, Christmas has impressed with his improved touch around the rim.But he has yet to exhibit the caution he’ll need to to ensure he stays around the rim and not on the Orange’s bench.“Rak’s physical and I guess the only way to compete with Rak is to try to be physical as well,” forward Michael Gbinije said. “We had depth today, we got some people to step up and Rak still played great.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

B&H Cadets Training in Jajce

first_imgThe men’s cadet handball team of B&H (U18) gathered in Jajce where they are undergoing short preparations before the qualifying tournament for the European Championship 2014 in Poland.The General Selector of the Handball Association of B&H Smajo Karačić said that the B&H cadets have been continuously preparing for almost a year under the leadership of selector Jasmin Mrkonja, and this is their seventh gathering.As part of the four-day preparations in Jajce, our best young handball players will play a control match against the local federal premiership club on Wednesday.The final phase of preparations will take place in Greece and Austria. It is planned that from 26 to 31 December, three friendly matches will take place with Greece, and from 3 to 8 January 2014 three more control matches with the host Austria will occur.The B&H team, as part of the third qualification group, will play against Denmark, rance and Bulgaria. The tournament will take place from 10 to 12 January in Skarbek, Denmark.(Source: Dnevni Avaz)last_img read more