If you expected Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini to break out the fire and brimstone after today’s loss, you haven’t tracked the Chilean’s career. While there may come a point when the Citizens’ boss tightens the screws, three weeks into the new season isn’t that time. After today’s 1-0 loss to Stoke City, the second-year manager is keeping his team’s performance in perspective.
Despite the lack of goals, the main thing that disturbed Pellegrini was his defense. While goal allowed looked manageable, particularly given how early the Stoke scored, Pellegrini felt the Potters had it too easy, with a soft Mame Biram Diouf shot nutmegging Joe Hart for the day’s only score.
With 35 games to go, there’s no need to get too down about one result. For Pellegrini, Saturday’s setback just highlighted how far City has to go.
England’s Fabian Delph to miss out on EURO 2016 through injury
Delph’s inclusion in the provisional 30-man roster was met with some criticism, as the Manchester City midfielder managed just eight Premier League starts this season and made only nine appearances off the bench.
This news will now boost the hopes of Leicester’s Danny Drinkwater and Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson, who are also battling to make the final roster in the center of midfield.
In his press conference on Thursday, Hodgson stated that Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge has not trained with the team yet, as his fitness will be closely monitored leading up to EURO 2016. Hodgson also confirmed that Manchester United’s 18-year-old Marcus Rashford will make his international debut against Australia.
7. United States — Hosting is a big deal, and Jurgen Klinsmann seems ready to take a more orthodox approach to his lineups. The Yanks will run more than a few teams ragged, depending on how the chips fall.
6. Uruguay — Navigating the absence of Luis Suarez, which could last the group stage or longer, knocks them down a peg.
5. Mexico — It’s another golden generation for El Tri, and it’s not far-fetched to imagine Mexico makes a run at everything.
4. Colombia — James Rodriguez goes back to being the focal point of an attack, and will remind us just how good he is while under the spotlight.
3. Chile — Repeating is hard, and Chile had a lot of home cooking good fortune in its hosted run to a first title.
2. Brazil — No the side won’t be fully loaded, but Dunga has shown he knows how to run a side with or without Neymar.
Argentina — This could be Lionel Messi’s year to lift hardware for club and country.
Ferdinand, 37, made 455 appearances for United in a 19-year career that included stops at West Ham, QPR, Bournemouth and Leeds.
He says Mourinho will be a motivated and dangerous boss when he takes control in place of fired manager Louis Van Gaal.
“After his recent unsuccessful time at Chelsea in the final year, I can assure you this winner is now a wounded animal which makes him such a mouthwatering appointment. Jose went from winning the League Cup & Premier League to a season of disappointment at Chelsea and I am certain he will want to restore all of that very quickly.”