RelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U Pep Guardiola insists he would rather retire to the golf course than coach Manchester United or Real Madrid in the future. The Manchester City manager faces Ole Gunnar’s Solskjaer’s team in a Carabao Cup semi-final on Tuesday night aiming to win the trophy for a third successive year. He could have been in the opposing dugout had former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson convinced the former Barcelona boss to take over at Old Trafford, but Guardiola says there is no longer any chance of him joining the Red Devils in the future. “After training City I won’t train United,” he said ahead of the first leg at Old Trafford. “It is like I would never train Madrid. Definitely not.” Asked if he would reconsider if they were the only jobs open to him, he added: “I’d be in the Maldives if I don’t have any offers! Maybe not the Maldives because it doesn’t have any golf courses!” The United position remains filled despite Solskjaer’s side languishing five points outside the Champions League places in the Premier League. The Dane has come in for a fair share of criticism from pundits, though, including former United striker Robin van Persie, who accused him of being too nice. The Norwegian swatted away the attack, saying Van Persie doesn’t know anything about his management style and Guardiola praised his opposite number for being his own man. “Ole is who he is,” he said. “If he wants to smile, it’s perfect, if he wants to conduct the team in that way, why should he change? Everyone is everyone. “Some are more expressive, others are calm, others shout more on the touchline, others sit. Who is better? The guy who wins the last weekend. That is the best manager. “If you react in that way it’s perfect, that’s the way he is. That’s all. That is not debatable. I’m pretty sure when he doesn’t win he’s sad and if wins he is happy. It’s normal. If he wants smile, what’s the problem? If he wants to shout what’s the problem?” Guardiola has won on each of his three previous visits to Old Trafford in the Premier League, although a much-changed side was beaten there in the League Cup in 2016 – his only defeat in the competition.Tags: Alex FergusonManchester CityManchester UnitedOle Gunnar SolskjaerPep Guardiola
The most expensive goalkeeper in the world of football has gone on to remark on his next target at Juventus, while assuring fans that he will put pen to paper.The former Parma shot stopper moved to the Turin giants back in 2001, and it has been a decade long service for the maestro, who has maintained his positioning as one of the best goalkeepers in the world. His contributions to the cause of the Bianconeri can never be questioned; when everyone was thinking of leaving the club following their demotion to the Serie B Calciopoli scandal, the Italian stuck around to keep the goal in the upcoming season.His presence, along with a few others, including the likes of Alessandro Del Piero and Pavel Nedved was instrumental in guiding them straight back into the first division of the Italian football, the Serie A. He has been indispensible at Juventus, and has helped the club out in securing trophies throughout his career, whether it was his natural instinctual saves or salvaging victory for the Bianconeri in the penalty shootouts.He has won every possible trophy there is to win for club and country, all expect one. He has won the Scudetto on a number of occasions, as well as the Coppa Italia. Even at national level, Buffon was the goalkeeper that led the Italians to victory in the finals of the World Cup in 2006 against France. However, if there has been one trophy that has not been within the grasp of the Italian, it has been the UEFA Champions League.Always the participant and never the winner, Buffon came agonisingly close to lifting the trophy back in the 2003 edition of the European tournament, in what was an all Italian affair which saw Milan competing against Juve for the trophy.Gigi Buffon went on to aspire: “The Champions League is something that I want before I retire. It would be a shame to end my career having just missed out on it.”Buffon was unable to salvage the match against Milan in 2003, as Andriy Shevchenko got the better of him in penalty shootout of the Champions League final.
LOS ANGELES — For a coach whose team had been rocked by 49 points the night before, Lloyd Pierce sounded awfully excited for a turnaround of less than 24 hours back at Staples Center.One day after allowing 150 points by the Clippers and an hour-and-a-half before tip-off against the Western Conference-leading Lakers, Pierce suggested the Hawks might have motivation to turn around their effort.“With the way we played last night, with the performance we had last night, I’m more excited about getting back on the court tonight, regardless of who the opponent is. Just, that’s a bad taste you leave with after last night and so the best remedy for it is to get back on the court and test your perseverance and your resiliency and see if we can bounce back.”It didn’t take long before Pierce was probably second-guessing that optimism. The Lakers led by 17-2 in the first quarter and by as much as 28 in the first half. And it’s going to be a challenge for a host of teams making quick swings through L.A. to face both of Southern California’s superpowers — Oklahoma will get the business Monday against the Clippers, then Tuesday against the Lakers. “Back-to-back on the road is tough regardless of who it is,” he said. “Obviously you got two special teams with a lot of special talent in both of the L.A. teams so it makes it extremely difficult.”Pierce reflects on time with Kuzma, JamesOf the decorated USA Basketball coaching staff, Lloyd Pierce was one of the lower profile names working alongside Gregg Popovich and Steve Kerr. But he worked with a number of young players on the USA roster, including Kyle Kuzma.Like Popovich, Pierce came away with positive impressions.“I love that kid,” he said. “I think he, out of all the guys that were with the Team USA from start to finish, I thought that he was the guy that really bought in to how we were going to use him. We were going to use him as a small ball five, we were going to use him as a four. But I thought his energy, his athleticism on both ends of the floor, it was something that he bought into as a role.”Pierce got his NBA start in Cleveland, working three years as a player development coordinator with the Cavaliers during LeBron James’ stint there. Pierce said summer sessions in Akron with James taught him about the standard for offseason work ethic, and he relishes getting to play James in the NBA.The Hawks beat the Lakers in Atlanta in February before the All-Star break, a critical loss at the time as the Lakers floundered in the rest of the season. Pierce said he sees a different energy from watching film of James this season.“When you watch the film, you can feel the energy,” he said. “There’s a renewed energy here in L.A. with their roster, and everyone’s bought into their roles, and he’s motivated. So I just think what we saw last year and what we’re seeing now are two different mindsets from the entire roster.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe back-to-back L.A. swing is starting to look like a big advantage for both home teams, forcing visitors to deal with two good teams on a short turnaround. Frank Vogel, however, who coached in the Eastern Conference in Indiana and Orlando before moving out west, disagreed.“I think it’s advantage anytime you can remove a flight, so these teams that are coming to the building are benefitting from the new travel schedule,” he said. “It may be hurting the Lakers and the Clippers a little bit.”Tell that to the Hawks.But the benefit may be more in the long run: The Lakers themselves are doing a Knicks-Nets back-to-back in January when they visit New York, getting out of making two more cross-country flights during a long, grinding travel schedule. The Lakers are flying an estimated 10,000 fewer miles this season than last, which could help reduce other kinds of fatigue.In the short term, Pierce acknowledged, it can feel like quite the uphill battle. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Cristiano Ronaldo was yesterday crowned men’s player of the year at the Dubai Globe Soccer Awards, winning the honour for a sixth time.The Juventus forward, 34, scooped Best Men’s Player of the Year at a glitzy ceremony at the Madinat Jumeirah, with England’s Lucy Bronze winning the inaugural award for best woman.Meanwhile, Liverpool picked up a trio of victories, with Jurgen Klopp voted best coach, Alisson Becker best goalkeeper, and the European champions named best club.Of the night’s other winners – 17 awards in all were handed out – Klopp added to his Fifa Best award in September in recognition of Liverpool’s international, European and domestic dominance.Elsewhere, Ryan Giggs, the former Manchester United midfielder and current Wales manager, and Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic were each given the Player Career Award. Atletico Madrid and Portugal striker Joao Felix was named Best Revelation Player, which honours players aged 21 and under.