first_img The Chilean said: “I think we have the best squad in England. “We bought four important players, we already had a very good team and with these four players I think we improved a lot. “We hope that from the first match against Newcastle at home we will start winning, and we will try to bring another trophy here.” The event also saw defender Pablo Zabaleta receive the club’s player of the year award for 2012-13 and the Argentinian also spoke of his confidence for the year ahead. He said: “I can guarantee to everyone that we have been working really hard in pre-season and we are very hungry for more trophies, and we aim to win something this season. “The atmosphere in the dressing room is great. We wish the new manager and all his staff the very best of luck for the future.” City finished runners-up to rivals Manchester United last season and suffered a shock loss to Wigan in the FA Cup final. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has emphasised his confidence for the new season by hailing his squad as the best in the Barclays Premier League. Pellegrini, who took charge at the Etihad Stadium this summer, has inherited a squad that has been bolstered by the signings of Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic for a combined near-£90million cost. Pellegrini gave his opinions on stage during a question and answer session for fans at the club’s season launch party in Manchester city centre. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more


first_imgA new year and new opponents await the University of Wisconsin football team, and many critics are saying this year is going to be a walk in the park for the Badgers.Many people, however, seem to have forgotten that nothing ever seems to come easily for this Wisconsin team. Starting off the season with the departures of some of the most talented players and injuries already plaguing this team, this year seems like it is going to be a bit of a struggle for UW.Football: Jack Cichy to miss 2017 seasonThe University of Wisconsin Athletic Department announced Thursday morning senior Jack Cichy will miss the 2017 season due to a Read…The problemsFor starters, there are not that many games against any of the major Big Ten East teams. With Ohio State, Michigan State and Penn State all missing from this year’s schedule, the Badgers are not going to get much quality experience from the Big Ten East.This experience is necessary for the Badgers if they want to make it back to the Big Ten tournament this year — and win. With so many power schools missing from this year’s schedule, Wisconsin will find themselves going into Indianapolis this year with little practical experience against the team they will be facing.One of the other problems is their opening, non-conference schedule. The Badgers are facing three relatively inexperienced schools who will offer little to no insight on UW’s weaknesses. Schools like Florida Atlantic, who the Badgers will play Sept. 9th, will most likely be a walk in the park.Football preview: What to expect from the Badgers this seasonThe University of Wisconsin football team enters the 2017 season with high expectations and hopes of replicating, or even exceeding, Read…This does not help when you consider that after these three games, Wisconsin will face Northwestern in their first Big Ten game of the season. Northwestern has an even better non-conference schedule than Wisconsin, playing Bowling Green, Duke and Nevada within the first three weeks of play — which will help them in the long run.This means that the Badgers will have to fix their mistakes immediately if they want to keep their Big Ten record competitive enough to ensure their spot at the Big Ten Championship game. That kind of pressure could be suffocating for the team, and it means that one small mistake could be a disaster for this teamThe benefitsSince Wisconsin doesn’t see much of the Big Ten East, that also means they will save their record from some potential losses. Not seeing schools like Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State means Wisconsin will not have to worry so much week to week about their record and their standings within the Big Ten.Another benefit of not seeing the Big Ten East as much this year is that it lowers the chances of injuries happening. Schools like Penn State and Ohio State tend to be aggressive defensively, which can lead to injuries. Injuries like these, which tend to happens late in the season, can be devastating when proceeding into the later part of December.The worst part of the schedule The last two weeks of the regular season are probably the toughest for Wisconsin. The Badgers will close out their home season run against Michigan, which is arguably one of the best teams in the Big Ten. While this game does take place in Camp Randall, it also means that the Badgers could end their season on a bad note while home.The next weekend of the schedule is not much better, with Wisconsin heading to Minneapolis to take on Minnesota. Typically, the Battle for the Axe is an intense game to begin with, but taking on the Gophers at home is going to be one of the more tougher games this season.Football: Chryst’s 100th win begins slowly, develops momentum in second halfWhile the first game of the season might have resulted in a win, the University of Wisconsin football team definitely Read…Wisconsin is looking at taking the Axe home for the thirteenth year, and taking on the Gophers in the heart of TCF Bank stadium is one of the hardest challenges known to Badger football.After those two games, the Badgers hope to head into the Big Ten Conference game, which will hopefully result in the Badgers heading to Pasadena for the Rose Bowl in January.What the Badgers are sayingJazz Peavy“We are in the Big Ten, and it’s not like we’re second class to any division in this league. Any game is a game that we have to prepare for. Nothing is ever going to come easy to us.”Sarah Godfrey/The Badger HeraldChris James“The Big Ten, overall, is well-rounded. Even a 3-10 team can compete [against the best teams]. This is a tough division. The east division is extremely tough, with Michigan, Ohio State and Michigan State all in the same division. Ohio State and Michigan used to play in the Big Ten championship game, but now they can’t. Those match-ups cause a lot of ruckus and a lot of upsets.”Natrell Jamerson“A lot of people doubt our defense, especially after losing so many great players. We feel like our defense is even better than last year. People just doubt our team in general. We’re trying to do a lot more than we did last year.”last_img read more


first_imgDo you fancy becoming a football pundit? Take a listen to the clip above and give it your best shot hereRaheem Sterling will leave Liverpool for a “big club” within the next few seasons, according to Rodney Marsh.The attacking starlet is reportedly close to signing a new contract with the Reds, but Marsh insists that will not stop a European giant like Real Madrid from luring Sterling away from Anfield.“They are talking about his new contract and all these numbers but I think Raheem Sterling will definitely not be a Liverpool player in the not too distant future,” the ex-England striker, who also believes Harry Kane will be tempted away from Tottenham, told the Sports Bar.“He may stay another year or two but, ultimately, he will be at a big football club.”What are your thoughts on Rodney Marsh’s view? Do you think you could cut it as a pundit?This is your chance to prove how good a football pundit you could be! talkSPORT has teamed up with The Carlsberg Fan Squad on a mission to find Probably The Best Pundit in the World… with probably the best prize too!The winner will become part of the on air talkSPORT team, live from a Premier League ground on the final day of the season!Get recording your entries now and also keep an eye out for the People’s Pundit van, which is now on tour to catch all of your punditry skills outside UK football grounds!It’s a fantastic opportunity! So head to www.thepeoplespundit.co.uk to find out more now.last_img read more