Guardiola: Ignore Liverpool’s fixtures!

first_imgPep Guardiola wants his Manchester City players to ignore Liverpool’s fixtures in the Premier League title race.City narrowed the gap to leaders Liverpool back to four points on Monday with a 3-0 home win against 10-man Wolves, Gabriel Jesus on target with a brace before Conor Coady’s late own goal.But Liverpool host Crystal Palace prior to City’s next game, so the Reds’ cushion could again be seven points before Guardiola’s side travel to managerless Huddersfield Town on Sunday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Guardiola, though, does not want City to worry about Liverpool’s results, his side having won a fifth straight game in all competitions while recording their first league clean sheet since November.”I don’t have a magician’s ball to discover when they are going to lose points, I don’t know,” he told reporters. “And I said to them [the players], don’t look and be scared, don’t watch the calendar for the Liverpool games – forget about it.”Because normally when that happens you lose your games, in my experience. If you think they are going to lose in that game or that game, you are distracted and you lose your games. And after, it’s over.”So the best way is the next game is Huddersfield, new manager, so what can you do to beat them? And go. If we play and win games and after that Liverpool win, I am pretty sure I will be here and I’ll congratulate Jurgen and their team. Because they will be well deserved.”All we can do is be in there. Be in there and feel we are there, and win our games. Today we did it. Monday, I don’t always like to play Monday when everybody has already played, against one team you see the incredible results they [Wolves] had of course, it’s 10 against 11 so it’s a little bit easier, but that’s why I’m very pleased for the game today.”Win + clean sheet = perfect night! #AL14 @ManCity— Aymeric Laporte (@Laporte) January 14, 2019Although City ended the Reds’ unbeaten start to the season, Liverpool bounced back with a 1-0 win at Brighton and Hove Albion to stay clear of the champions.Guardiola, though, is delighted with the way his side are performing in their title defence, City having set a record 100 points in last term’s memorable success.”We cannot play the games against Liverpool, so we cannot do anything about their own games. They belong to them,” Guardiola continued.”All we can do is win our games. We spoke many times in the last hours with our players so we cannot control what they do, we can control what we do. The only thing to do is be there, and maybe one day they fell. But it is sure that if we don’t win, they will be champions.”That’s why we have to put pressure by winning our games. We speak about that. And we have done incredible numbers. Incredible numbers again, after what we did last season, it’s not easy to be so consistent, it is incredible the numbers that we had in this period.”Numbers to be champions, no problem at all. But one team, they have done better so far. That’s all you can do, be in there. Be in there until the end, and then results will dictate who will win.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Western Sahara Annan recommends 2month extension for UN mission

In his latest report to the Security Council on the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), circulated to Council members today, the Secretary-General suggests extending the Mission’s mandate until 31 March in order to give the parties time to consider the proposal for a political solution, which provides for self-determination as requested by a Council resolution adopted last July. The Secretary-General recalls that James A. Baker III, his Personal Envoy guiding negotiations to end the conflict over the Western Sahara, travelled to the region just last week to present and explain the proposal to the parties and neighbouring countries. “Every possible option has been presented to the parties, aimed at reaching an agreed solution,” Mr. Annan says, emphasizing that the responsibility of reaching a positive conclusion now rests solely with the parties of the conflict. On the basis of Mr. Baker’s visit, which included meetings with the Moroccan Government and the leadership of the Frente POLISARIO, as well as officials from neighbouring Mauritania and Algeria, the Secretary-General says that he and his Personal Envoy will soon provide to the Council their views of the options available regarding Western Sahara. “As the parties consider the proposal,” the Secretary-General says, “I urge them to keep in mind the years of suffering this long-standing question has caused to thousands of innocent people in the Territory, in refugee camps and who remain prisoners of war.” He also urges the parties to seize this new opportunity to provide the people of the Western Sahara a better life. read more