Has Guardiola lost the Midas touch?

first_imgLONDON (AP):In one dugout at Etihad Stadium tomorrow will be a manager enjoying a six-match winning streak with his second-place team. In the other, a manager reeling from the biggest loss of his career and down in fifth place.Few at the start of the English Premier League would have predicted it would be Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino with the edge over struggling Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola.But the top of the standings is confounding expectations in the second half of the season. City host Tottenham with Guardiola’s side trailing the second-place London club by three points and leaders Chelsea by 10 points.Having already ruled City out of the title race, Guardiola is now in a scrap just to secure Champions League qualification by finishing in the top four as he endures a difficult first season in English football.It was against Tottenham in early October when Guardiola experienced his first setback at City, with Pochettino ending the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach’s winning league start. Last weekend, he was humbled by a 4-0 loss at Everton, a career low for the Champions League-winning coach.Has Guardiola lost the Midas touch?”The coach has to adapt with the players, the players have to adapt with the coach,” Eric Abidal, who played under Guardiola at Barcelona, told The Associated Press yesterday. “Tactically, and the methodology of Pep Guardiola is methodology from Barcelona … he needs time. They will win trophies.”City racked up six successive wins in the league before losing 2-0 at Tottenham on October 2. Since then City have dropped 18 points, winning seven of their 14 games as the shortcomings of the brittle defence and shaky goalkeeper Claudio Bravo have been exposed.City’s attacking options have been reinforced with Gabriel Jesus completing his move from Palmeiras in time to feature against Tottenham.And for the 19-year-old Jesus, Guardiola played a big part in deciding his next destination.”He was the only manager who called me, so I was very pleased,” Jesus said. “One thing I’ve noticed is that, like me, he is mad about football. He lives football 24 hours a day. I’m like that, too.”Tottenham could move six points clear of City by completing the double over Guardiola’s side.And for Pochettino, it’s not just about securing a second successive season in the Champions League, but delivering the north London club’s first domestic title since 1961.”We have to try to show that we can be real contenders for the Premier League, that’s the real challenge,” Pochettino said. “It’s more important that we can show ourselves, rather than show Manchester City.”We need to show ourselves we are capable of dealing with that pressure, and to try to win games to achieve big things.”Tottenham have received more positive news on defender Jan Vertonghen’s ankle injury. After initial fears the centre back could be out for three months, Tottenham now expect him back in six weeks.AT THE BOTTOMTwo of the teams in the relegation zone have tricky trips to top-four opposition.Paul Clement takes Swansea to third-place Liverpool tomorrow for a daunting second league game in charge of the bottom-place team.”It does not look hopeless,” the former Bayern Munich assistant coach said. “We are one point behind the team outside the relegation zone and not far behind the teams just above that as well.”Sunderland, who are above Swansea on goal difference, are at West Bromwich Albion. Hull are a point further up the standings going into Sunday’s game at leaders Chelsea.THIS WEEKENDTOMORROW7:30 a.m.: Liverpool vs Swansea10 a.m.: Bournemouth vs Watford10 a.m.: Crystal Palace vs Everton10 a.m.: Middlesbrough vs West Ham10 a.m.: Stoke City vs Man United10 a.m.: West Brom vs Sunderland12:30 p.m.: Man City vs TottenhamSUNDAY7 a.m.: Southampton vs Leicester9:15 a.m.: Arsenal vs Burnley11:30 a.m.: Chelsea vs Hull Citypoints standings P W D L GF GA GD PtsChelsea 21 17 1 3 45 15 30 52Tottenham 21 13 6 2 43 14 29 45Liverpool 21 13 6 2 49 24 25 45Arsenal 21 13 5 3 48 22 26 44Man City 21 13 3 5 41 26 15 42Man Utd 21 11 7 3 32 20 12 40Everton 21 9 6 6 32 23 9 33West Brom 21 8 5 8 28 28 0 29Stoke City 21 7 6 8 27 33 -6 27Burnley 21 8 2 11 23 31 -8 26B’mouth 21 7 4 10 30 37 -7 25West Ham 21 7 4 10 26 35 -9 25S’hampton 21 6 6 9 19 26 -7 24Watford 21 6 5 10 23 36 -13 23Leicester 21 5 6 10 24 34 -10 21M’borough 21 4 8 9 17 22 -5 20Crystal P 21 4 4 13 30 40 -10 16Hull City 21 4 4 13 20 45 -25 16Sunderland 21 4 3 14 20 40 -20 15Swansea 21 4 3 14 23 49 -26 15last_img read more

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Leicester announce statue to honour Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

first_img 3 Some will be kept for a pitchside display for Saturday’s match while others will be collected and preserved with the intention to incorporate them into the planned redevelopment and expansion of King Power Stadium.Players and staff flew to Bangkok after Saturday’s 1-0 win at Cardiff to attend Srivaddhanaprabha’s funeral and returned on Tuesday.Fans will be given commemorative scarves, pin badges, clappers and programmes on Saturday while the players will wear shirts with Srivaddhanaprabha’s name embroidered on.A special ‘Tribute to Khun Vichai’ video to be shown on the big screens inside the ground while thousands of fans plan to march from Jubilee Square in the city centre to the ground.It comes after the newly named Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Foundation has raised £19,709 following an online auction. “We will never be able to repay what he did for us – for me as his son, us as his family, everyone connected to Leicester City and beyond – but we are committed to honouring his memory and upholding his legacy,” Khun Aiyawatt wrote in a souvenir programme for Saturday’s match.“Our continued growth as a club, our state-of-the-art new training ground and our planned stadium expansion will help realise his vision for Leicester City.“I plan to commission a statue of my father, for outside King Power Stadium, as a permanent and fitting tribute to the man that made it all possible.“He will forever be in our hearts. He will never be forgotten.” Earlier on Friday, Leicester begun the difficult task of moving tributes to Srivaddhanaprabha at the King Power Stadium, with fans raising almost £20,000 for the club’s newly named foundation.Tributes were left outside the ground following the crash on October 27 which cost the lives of five people in total.Flowers, shirts and poems have been painstakingly moved by the club and volunteers from outside the North Stand ahead of Saturday’s Premier League visit of Burnley.They have been taken to a designated memorial area close to the accident site on the other side of the stadium. 3 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Leicester attended the funeral of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in Thailand REVEALED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade ADVICE Latest Football News BEST OF Tributes to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha have been moved Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won center_img huge blow Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury RANKED REVEALED Leicester have announced a statue of late chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha will be erected outside the King Power Stadium following his death in a helicopter crash last month.Srivaddhanaprabha was one of five people killed in the accident on October 27.His son Aiyawatt made the announcement less than 24 hours before Saturday’s Premier League game against Burnley – Leicester’s first home match since the disaster. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Leicester will pay tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha on Saturday Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? The LCFC Foxes Foundation, which has raised almost £2million for local charities since its formation in 2011-12, has been renamed in honour of Srivaddhanaprabha.Jamie Vardy’s boots, worn at Cardiff with ‘Khun Vichai’ embroidered on them, went for £9,008 while a pair of Kasper Schmeichel’s gloves fetched £4,000. The use of Vardy’s executive box for the Burnley game raised £6,700.Two members of Srivaddhanaprabha’s staff – Kaveporn Punpare and Nusara Suknamai – pilot Eric Swaffer and his partner Izabela Roza Lechowicz were also killed in the crash. MONEY no dice 3last_img read more