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I have to win a trophy – Pellegrini

first_img The Chilean was entering the final year of his previous deal but has now agreed an extension to 2017 in a move that could quell speculation linking Bayern Munich’s Pep Guardiola with his position. Guardiola, out of contract next summer, is long thought to have been a target for City having previously worked under the club’s chief executive Ferran Soriano and director of football Txiki Begiristain at Barcelona. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini admits he now has to deliver titles after signing a new-two year contract at the Etihad Stadium. Pellegrini, 61, won the Barclays Premier League in his first season at City in 2013 but, after last year’s disappointing campaign, he accepts improvement is necessary. Pellegrini said: “It is very important for the club to trust in our work. I am very happy here at Manchester City so if both parties are happy we can continue. The support the club gives me is important. “But you know in this profession you need results, so it is very important for me to have a good season and get good results. “For me a good season with a big team is that you must win a title (trophy). You cannot say it is a very good season if you win nothing.” Speculation over Pellegrini’s future was rife towards the end of last season as it became apparent the club would not catch Chelsea in the Premier League and they went out of the Champions League. It eased as City ended with six successive wins but could return if the team again perform below par. Pellegrini accepts this but insists it will not bother him. He said: “I was used last season to the speculation. I’m not talking about Pep Guardiola. He is a manager that every team will want to manage them because he is a great manager. “Maybe he is linked with this team more because of the relationship with Txiki and Ferran but I trust in them and I am sure if they want to bring in him, they will tell me. “I have no problem with my relations inside the club. I know exactly how the owners think. Maybe it is better for the outside media.” Soriano believes the new contract will allow Pellegrini to concentrate on business on the field. He said: “This agreement allows Manuel to focus on the challenge of guiding a team capable of both fighting for domestic titles and competing for European honours.” City’s main business during the summer has been the signing of England’s Raheem Sterling in a club record £49million deal from Liverpool. Sterling’s conduct towards the end of his time at Anfield attracted much negative criticism but Pellegrini expects the 20-year-old forward to settle quickly and provide plenty of excitement. Asked how good Sterling can be, Pellegrini said: “Very, very good. I trust a lot in him. “Maybe some of the media are talking about the price we paid for him, but an English player at 20 with such quality, speed and good technical ability – I think he will continue improving a lot every year. “Playing with players like Yaya (Toure) or (David) Silva or Kun (Sergio Aguero) will help him to improve. I trust you will see Raheem scoring a lot more goals than he scored in other seasons for Liverpool.” Another new signing, midfielder Fabian Delph, will miss Monday’s season-opener at West Brom with a hamstring injury while defender Gael Clichy is out with an ankle problem. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Flying V shrugs off elims sweep with bigger task at hand in semis

first_imgEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend The Thunder became only the fourth team in league history to have swept the eliminations after NLEX, which did it twice, and Cagayan Valley.But for Altamirano, the 10-game sweep won’t mean anything if they don’t close the deal and finish the conference with a championship.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’That title drive begins on Thursday as Flying V faces four-seed Centro Escolar University in a best-of-three semifinals series.Altamirano noted that his team is well aware of how stronger the opposition has gotten, and he is keeping the Thunder’s feet on the ground as they take things one game at a time. “Other teams are getting stronger as the playoffs get deeper. But we’re not looking beyond that. CEU is also a team-to-beat because they’ve been there lots of times. (Rod) Ebondo has been in the D-League for so long and he has been in Finals. Their core, although school-based, are still very experienced. So we’re just focused on the task at hand,” he said.Luckily, Altamirano will have Conference MVP pacesetter Jeron Teng at his disposal, as he will count on the La Salle prodigy to lead Flying V to the promised land.“Jeron is an achiever. When he puts his mind to it, he will not stop until he gets it. Before, he’s been known as a scorer. But now, he’s trying to evolve the other aspects of his game,” the coach said.But for all of Teng’s magnificence, the veteran mentor reiterated that the 23-year-old swingman can’t do it all alone. That’s why he’s relying equally on his core of Gab Banal, Eric Salamat, Hans Thiele, and Thomas Torres to get the job done.“What I like about Jeron is his ability to involve his teammates. That’s a very good sign of a good player. But of course, he can’t do all of that if not for his teammates so I think Jeron is very blessed to have teammates like Eric, Gab, and Thomas,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas “Actually, I’m just blessed to have these type of players that we got. We just remind them to focus on the process and the result will take care of itself.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her LATEST STORIES MOST READ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Teen gunned down in Masbate 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Pocari thwarts Air Force, returns to PVL Finals Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFlying V coach Eric Altamirano wants his players to forget the elimination round sweep and focus on the new challenge ahead of the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup semifinals. “In our team, we already forgot about the 10-0. We’re back to square one and our focus is what’s in front of us,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View commentslast_img read more