Home » Posts tagged 上海夜网CA

Pellegrini’s long goodbye turning sour

first_img DIFFERENT PRIORITY MANCHESTER, England (AP): Manuel Pellegrini’s long goodbye at Manchester City is turning sour. At the end of a week in which the team surrendered meekly in the Champions League semi-finals, City were held 2-2 by Arsenal in the English Premier League to throw into doubt their return to Europe’s elite competition next season. A top-four finish is no longer in City’s hands with one week left in the season. Even more galling, their great rivals – Manchester United – could grab City’s Champions League qualification berth. Fourth-place City are two points clear of United, who have two games left – against West Ham and Bournemouth – to City’s one. “If you don’t depend on what you can do, it’s more difficult. But I think we deserve to be in the Champions League next year,” said Pellegrini, who is being replaced by Pep Guardiola in the offseason after three years in charge. Alexis Sanchez earned Arsenal a point with a 68th-minute equaliser at Etihad Stadium, consolidating his team’s position in third. A draw at home to already-relegated Aston Villa on the final day will guarantee Arsenal a 20th straight top-four finish under Arsene Wenger. Despite losing 2-1 at home to Southampton, Tottenham are assured of a top-three finish and therefore automatic qualification to the Champions League group stage. Spurs’ end to the season is also proving a disappointment, though, having failed to win any of their last three games and allowing Leicester to seal the title at the start of this week. Steven Davis scored both goals for Southampton, who are in sixth place and in position to qualify for next season’s Europa League. Son Heung-min gave Tottenham the lead in the 16th. In yesterday’s other game, Liverpool beat Watford 2-0 through goals by Joe Allen and Roberto Firmino to stay in eighth place, but the Premier League isn’t the team’s priority for the rest of the season. Liverpool play Sevilla in the Europa League final on May 18 and manager Juergen Klopp will likely continue to rotate his line-ups for the Reds’ remaining two league games. After taking charge of his final home game as City manager, Pellegrini took to the microphone soon after the final whistle to say a final ‘thank you’ to the club’s fans. City’s players stood in the centre circle, mostly with folded arms, to watch highlights of Pellegrini’s tenure on the big screens. Yet, only a few thousand fans stayed back after the game to bid Pellegrini farewell. The Chilean coach has won one Premier League title, the League Cup two times and guided City to the Champions League semi-finals – the furthest the club has ever progressed in the competition. But his reign is ending in limp fashion. City barely posed a threat in bowing out to Real Madrid on Wednesday and the possibility of now losing their top-four place is, in Pellegrini’s words, a “disaster”. Sergio Aguero’s eighth-minute opener was cancelled out two minutes later by Olivier Giroud’s header from a corner, in a riveting start to the match. Kevin De Bruyne put City back in front with a low shot from the edge of the area in the 51st, before Sanchez played a one-two with Giroud and beat Hart with a low finish from just outside the penalty area. “It is in our hands,” Wenger said of Champions League qualification. “Our character has been questioned a few times this season and we gave the right response on the pitch.” For Pellegrini and City, much now hinges on Man United’s game at West Ham tomorrow. Win that and United can finish the job by beating out-of-form Bournemouth at home on the final day. City finish the season away to Swansea.last_img read more

Continue reading

Pellegrini confirms Nasri interest and discusses Arnautovic exit rumours

first_img 3 Arnautovic, meanwhile, is the subject of fresh transfer speculation after his brother and representative hinted during the international break that the Austrian forward, 29, should be at a club higher up the table.But Arnautovic is a key figure at West Ham with five goals to his name this season and Pellegrini is determined not to lose him.“He is a West Ham player because he has a contract here, he is happy here,” said Pellegrini.“Every player always wants to play in the biggest team but I don’t think that Marko is thinking about that. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Latest Football News ADVICE Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Carroll has been out of action since the summer 3 huge blow Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card West Ham do hope to sign Samir Nasri in January according to manager Manuel Pellegrini, who also insisted Marko Arnautovic is going nowhere.Midfielder Nasri, who played for Pellegrini at Manchester City, is training with the Hammers to build up his fitness following an 18-month doping ban. “He is thinking about West Ham and he tries to make his best performance in every game.”Pellegrini has been boosted by the return of Andy Carroll and Jack Wilshere ahead of the visit of champions City at the weekend.Striker Carroll has yet to figure this season after aggravating an ankle problem during the summer, but he played 45 minutes of a behind-closed-doors friendly at Brentford last week and is in contention for a place on the bench. BEST OF Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED 3center_img Nasri could reunite with his former manager Arnautovic is currently leading West Ham’s scoring charts Pellegrini needs reinforcements to his injury-hit West Ham squad and he will offer Nasri a contract if the 31-year-old Frenchman can get up to speed.“Samir Nasri is working here with us,” said Pellegrini.“It’s a long time that he had his ban but we are giving him a hand to return to football.“I hope that from now until the end of the year he will be fit, and if that is the case we will try to keep him here at West Ham.” RANKED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won shining no dice Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? MONEY Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REVEALED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REPLY Midfielder Wilshere, who has been out since the start of September with his ankle injury, is also back in training but may not be risked just yet.Captain Mark Noble returns from a ban but fellow midfielder Robert Snodgrass is suspended.last_img read more

Continue reading