Rare Air: LeBron on cusp of passing Jordan’s scoring mark

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery To put the streak in context, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is third at 787 games, followed by Karl Malone at 575. Among current players, James Harden is second to James with 257 games, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.James typically avoids talking about his accomplishments, saying that’s what he’ll do once he retires. But the double-digit scoring streak, which dates to Jan. 5, 2007, and an eight-point game against Milwaukee in his fifth season, has turned him somewhat reflective.“I’ve stayed available, obviously,” James said following a 41-point, 10-rebound, 8-assist performance in a win over the Hornets. “I haven’t played every game but for the most part I’ve played over 70 percent of my games throughout that journey. … It’s just another feat for me to be appreciative and humbled by what I’ve been able to do. And just knowing where I come from, I look at it and say, ‘Wow, I can’t believe I’m in this position,’ knowing where I come from.”As a child being raised by a single mom, James found father figures in the coaches who helped him refine his game. There were others in Akron, Ohio, who protected the basketball prodigy and made sure he didn’t stray from a path toward greatness.Then there was Jordan, whose blend of passion, skill and artistry made an indelible impression on a young James.ADVERTISEMENT “I think I fell in love with the game because of Mike, just because of what he was able to accomplish,” James said last year after breaking Jordan’s playoff scoring record. “When you’re watching Michael Jordan, it’s almost like a god. So I didn’t think I could be Mike.”And yet James has surpassed expectations and more than lived up to the “Chosen One” label, a tag he got in high school and had tattooed across his shoulders before turning pro.One of the few coaches who worked with Jordan and James, Cavaliers assistant Larry Drew was asked to compare the two hardwood heroes.“Oh man, that’s a tough one,” said Drew, filling in while Cleveland coach while Tyronn Lue is on medical leave. “Certainly Michael was as good of a finesse player as there was. You just never seen anything like LeBron with his size, his speed, his power. He’s something different. But the one thing that both guys do have in common, they’re really driven to win and to be the best.”Watching James catch and overtake Jordan has been thrilling to his teammates, who are continually awed by a player who shows little signs of wear. James told The Associated Press earlier this week that he would vote for himself as MVP this season, and there’s not a player on Cleveland’s roster who would oppose his case.James has excelled during perhaps the most challenging season of his career as the Cavs have been ravaged by injuries and overhauled with three major trades at the deadline.J.R. Smith is savoring the chance to witness greatness.“It’s pretty dope,” the forward said. “It seems like every game it’s something. When you’re up there with Mike, it’s a different level. You can actually sit there and tell your grandkids hopefully one day that you were part of that. … It’s kind of overwhelming at times.”Jordan, the Hornets’ majority owner, didn’t attend Wednesday’s game, which ended with the hoop-savvy Charlotte crowd standing to salute and serenade James with chants of “M-V-P!”It was a moment to set aside loyalty and honor a once-in-a-generation player. 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Brown among SAG Awards presenters Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READcenter_img LATEST STORIES Terence Crawford-Jeff Horn bout rescheduled for June 9 in Las Vegas Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism LeBron James lives there.Without a father in his life, James viewed Jordan as a role model and on Friday night the indomitable Cleveland Cavaliers star, playing at an MVP level in his 15th NBA season, likely will surpass a record held by a player he once admired “like a god.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownOn Wednesday night in Charlotte, James equaled Jordan’s NBA mark by scoring in double digits in 866 consecutive games, an extraordinary streak of consistency and durability that may not end until James wants it to. No one else seemingly can stop him.Once he scores 10 points against New Orleans, probably at some point in the first half Friday night, James will surpass Jordan’s record and add another check mark to his side in the greatest-player-of-all-time debate. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments “Everywhere we go he gets a standing ovation,” Smith said. “It’s like watching Michael Jackson on tour.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James goes up to dunk against the Charlotte Hornets during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, March 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CLEVELAND — A generation of kids wanted to be like Michael Jordan. They bought his red-and-black Nikes and sported his No. 23 Bulls jersey. They mimicked Jordan’s spin move and fadeaway jumper and even wagged their tongues the way he did on a flight to the rim.While millions worshipped Jordan, only a handful entered his rarefied air.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Door to Door Fraud

first_imgThe RCMP is warning Fort St. John residents about several recent complaints in connection with what it classifies as a case of attempted fraud.Police say an unidentified individual is going door-to-door asking for money for pizza, cigarettes and cab fare.Residents are advised not to comply with these requests and to notify police of any incidents of this nature.- Advertisement -The local RCMP detachment number is: 250-787-8140 and if you wish to remain anonymous, the toll free crimestoppers number is: 1-800-222-8477.last_img

Minibus driver killed in EBD smash-up

first_imgThe driver of a Route 42 minibus is now dead following a horrific two-vehicle smash-up along the New Hope Public Road, East Bank Demerara (EBD) early Friday morning.A woman trapped in the minibus that was involved in the accidentDead is 59-year-old Oswald Roberts of Lot 489 Kuru Kururu, Soesdyke-Linden Highway. Roberts was the driver of minibus BWW 2940.Guyana Times understands that at about 06:45h, a motor pick-up truck, which was driven by a 45-year-old, Lusignan, East Coast Demerara (ECD) resident with passenger, Ashley Persaud, was proceeding at a fast rate when it reportedly lost control on the New Hope Public Road.As a result, the vehicle began to swerve from east to west across the road and ended up into the path of the minibus, which was said to be proceeding north along the western side of the said road. The two vehicles collided head-on, causing extensive damages.The occupants of the minibus, including the driver and driver of the pick-up, were all rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre where Roberts was pronounced dead on arrival.Passengers of the minibus: Andre King, 48; Dave Taylor, 22; Sheena Chin, 23 and Gina Chin 24; Candacie Vickerrie, 32; Glixman Adams, 69; John Cheddie, 28 and Murrissa Mc Pherson 29; Tatema Murray, 35; Cherryan Millington, 30; and T. Deolall, 42, all of Kuru Kururu, Soesdyke-Linden Highway were all treated and later transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where they are being treated for various serious injuries.The driver of the pick-up was transferred and admitted to the Mercy Hospital where he is being treated for abdominal trauma, while his passenger, Persaud, is being treated at the same hospital for a fractured right arm.The pick-up that allegedly crashed head-on into the minibusSpeaking with Guyana Times, the dead man’s wife, June Roberts, said that she last saw her husband when he left for work at about 06:00h. The grieving woman explained that at about 07:00h, she received a call from a friend who informed her that Roberts was involved in an accident.The woman revealed that she rushed to the scene of the accident and later to the hospital.“When I got there, the hospital was packed with the other accident victims so they did not let me go in right away to see my husband. But after they send the other people them away to Georgetown Hospital, then I got to go in and see he. He did just lay down on the bed,” the woman painfully explained.The now dead man, who is described as a jolly person, leaves to mourn his wife along with four children, relatives, and friends.The matter is being investigated. (Kizzy Coleman)last_img read more

SOCCER STAR McNAMEE ONLY IRISH-BASED PLAYER TO FACE FAROE ISLANDS

first_imgBarry McNameeRising Donegal soccer star Barry Mc Namee will be flying the flag for his county and country shortly.The Ramelton man is the only home based player in Noel King’s 18 man Irish U-21 panel to travel to play the Faroe Islands in Toftir on Wednesday 14th August.The remainder of the squad shows 15 English based players as well as Aberdeen’s Joe Shaughnessy and Norwegian side Sandnes Ulf FC’s Sean Mc Dermott. McNamee has been tipped with a move overseas on several occasions  but his future for the meantime would appear to remain with Derry City.SOCCER STAR McNAMEE ONLY IRISH-BASED PLAYER TO FACE FAROE ISLANDS was last modified: August 1st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Barry McNameeFaroe IslandsNoel Kinglast_img read more

News in brief: Chelsea youngster’s loan move, Blues U21s draw, Fox to play in Stones game

first_imgChelsea Under-21sThe Blues’ development side drew 0-0 with RC Lens’ second team in the first of two matches to be played on their brief trip to France. Mason Mount hit the crossbar early on with a header, while Charlie Wakefield and Ike Ugbo went close late on. They play Reims on Sunday.Victorien AngbanSpanish side Granada have announced that they have signed the Chelsea teenager on loan. Ivorian midfielder Angban, 19, first came to Chelsea’s attention in 2012 but only signed in 2015 once he had qualified for a work permit. He then spent last season with Belgian side Sint-Truiden and will join fellow Chelsea loanee Jeremie Boga at Granada.BrentfordChief executive Mark Devlin says he expects around 3,000 fans at Griffin Park for Saturday’s pre-season friendly with Kaiserslautern, including almost 1,000 coming from Germany.Brentford BLukas Tabro scored the winning penalty against his former club as the Bees’ rebranded development squad beat Odense Under 19s in a shoot-out.The match at Vildbjerg Stadion ended in a 1-1 draw, with Bradley Clayton cancelling out Odense’s first-half opener. Brentford keeper Ellery Balcombe saved two penalties, with Danny Parish, Jarvis Edobor, Chris Mepham, Clayton, Marc Rio and Zain Westbrook netting.Ruel FoxThe former Tottenham and Newcastle winger has been added to the squad of Premier League legends who will play Wealdstone in a charity match on Sunday 31 July. Ex-QPR winger Trevor Sinclair and four other former England internationals – Darren Anderton, Dion Dublin, Kevin Davies and Chris Powell – are also expected to feature.Hayes & Yeading UnitedFormer Barnet and Birmingham left-back Kamal Guthmy and ex-Uxbridge striker Melford Simpson have both joined the Southern League club.Skipper Adam Everitt – who had attracted interest from other clubs following the club’s relegation from National League South – experienced former Premier League midfielder James Harper and full-back Jim Fenlon have all signed new deals. Academy graduates Lucas Sinclair, Ethan Grant and Jack Raines have also signed first-team forms.HendonFormer Northwood striker Niko Muir, who made a solitary appearance for the Greens a few years ago, has rejoined the club.Alan Turvey TrophyHarrow Borough will entertain Wingate & Finchley in the first round of the Ryman League Cup, while Hendon will host Met Police.MiddlesexThe second XI games against Nepal on Monday and Wednesday of next week have been cancelled.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

African youth prone to saving, advancing education: Barclays report

first_img31 October 2014African youth are more likely to invest surplus cash to achieve their long-terms goals, rather than spend money on luxury items, according to a report released recently by Barclays Africa Group Limited.A result of a survey conducted among 7 052 young Africans from 11 countries, the report states that 49% of all respondents said they would invest or save an extra US$100 if they had the money.Of the total number of respondents, 14.7% said they would use the extra US$100 for education and skills-related expenses and 13.2% would use it to pay off their debt, indicating good saving intentions and a readiness to make sacrifices for education and training as a strategy for prosperity, the report notes.Young South Africans less likely to investCompared to the overall score, Ghanaians (62%) and Kenyans (63%) came out tops as the most likely nations to invest additional funds. However, South Africans were less likely to invest (27%) and were only slightly more inclined to pay off debt (31%).Entitled “Africa Prospers: Future Youth Drivers of the African Economy’, the purpose of the survey was to gauge how Africans defined “prosperity” and how they are investing for their future. Respondents from South Africa, Zambia, Botswana, Kenya, Ghana, Mozambique, Seychelles, Mauritius, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe took part in the survey from April to August this year.What it means to prosper to young AfricansYoung Africans mostly agreed that to prosper means to be successful, to thrive and to be fortunate in not only finances but also in health, career satisfaction and happiness.“The survey showed that there is a new understanding of prosperity – one that transcends the confines of traditional family or community structures,” according to the report.Of note, 30% of respondents said they would buy a computer if they had extra cash and 24% said they would purchase books in order to prosper. Education cropped up quite frequently in the survey, an indication of the zeal for knowledge among the youth.“Both the internet and new and developing mobile phone technology are increasing the importance of this generation as agents of social transformation and wealth creation in different sub-regions of Africa,’ the report notes.Lack of financeHowever, 68.9% of the participants said the major impediment to “prosperity’ was lack of finance. Half of the participants indicated there was general lack of opportunity to prosper and 26.2% said they needed financial advice.Commenting on the findings in the executive summary of the report, independent analysts Professor Monde Makiwane of the Human Sciences Research Council and Dr Golda Chimere-Dan of Africa Strategic Research Corporation (Pty) Ltd said the survey “captures the prosperity perspectives, experiences and life strategies of Africa’s growing and young emerging middle-class, who holds the key to accelerated economic growth and transformation in Africa’.“It addresses critical issues of financial behaviour and prosperity that have either been missed or poorly measured by previous social and financial surveys in Africa. Although some results from the report confirm findings from other location- specific studies, this is the first survey of its kind to collect this specific set of information in a comparative study of 11 African countries.’Findings key to attracting investment in AfricaMakiwane and Chimere-Dan said the findings will have profound implications on how economic development and financial services are packaged and presented to people in Africa in years to come.“Africa constitutes a sizeable portion of the global market with its share of general and unique risks and opportunities. Even though regional economic growth is vulnerable to the fluctuations in the global markets, many analysts remain optimistic about the economic prospects for sub Saharan Africa,’ the two analysts noted, adding that a combination of demographic and social dynamics has given rise to two notable patterns that attract regional and global attention to the African market.The first pattern shows that the current phase of the demographic transition in Africa is contributing to a growing sub-group of young, economically active Africans who are better educated and not as digitally disadvantaged as the generations that preceded them.Recent studies by demographers and economists have identified this new generation as the potential vanguard for accelerated economic growth and human development in Africa, a phenomenon is referred to as the African “youth bulge’.African youth bulgeThe second pattern relates to Africa following Asia’s saving boom. Makiwane and Chimere-Dan said several decades ago, Asia experienced a similar “youth bulge’.“Asia capitalised on this by creating employment opportunities and mobilising the youth to save, thereby boosting per capita savings. Encouragingly, one of the most significant findings from the Barclays Africa Prosper Report is the high level of savings and investments reported by participants. As many as 50% of respondents would save or invest to help them prosper financially. This needs encouragement,’ Makiwane and Chimere-Dan noted.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

California voters approve Prop 12

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On Election Day California voters approved Proposition 12, an initiative that, starting in 2020, bans the sale of pork and veal from animals raised anywhere in the country in housing the state banned through a 2008 ballot initiative. (In 2010, the California Legislature banned the sale of eggs from hens housed in so-called battery cages regardless of where they are raised.)Prop. 12 also requires egg-laying hens in the state to be cage free. National Pork Producers Council, which strongly opposed it, maintains that the initiative violates the U.S. Constitution’s Commerce Clause and that it will be costly for farmers and consumers. The organization is supporting federal legislation that would prohibit states from regulating agricultural production practices outside their borders and is backing lawsuits — now pending before the U.S. Supreme Court — filed by attorneys general from nearly two dozen states against California’s egg sales ban and a 2016 Massachusetts ballot measure that banned the sale of eggs, pork and veal from animals raised in housing prohibited by the same measure.last_img read more

PH Volcanoes off to hot start in SEA Games

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first_imgLATEST STORIES KUALA LUMPUR — As expected the Philippine men’s rugby 7s team opened up with an explosive start after scoring two easy wins in the Southeast Asian Games Saturday at Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya Stadium, Kelana Jaya here.Champions in the sport’s maiden staging in 2015 Singapore edition, the Volcanoes drubbed Indonesia, 47-5, before demolishing Cambodia, 47-7.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village They are to face Malaysia late Saturday before taking on Singapore and Thailand on Sunday in a bid to once again sweep the competition all the way to the gold medal.Last year’s bronze medalist Lady Volcanoes weren’t as lucky as they bowed to Thailand, 32-0, in the opening match of the women’s division.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief McIlroy confirms he’ll return for FedEx Cup opener UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss Read Next MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

England 167-3 at stumps on Day 2

first_imgAlastair Cook continued his series domination of the Australian bowlers, scoring an unbeaten 61 on Tuesday and sharing important partnerships with Andrew Strauss and Kevin Pietersen as England cut the first-innings deficit to 113 runs on day two of the fifth Ashes Test.England, who have already retained the Ashes with a 2-1 lead coming into the last match, is well poised to claim its first Test series win in Australia since 1987.Cook played the anchor role in a 98-run opening stand with skipper Strauss, who blazed 60 from 58 balls, and then combined with No. 4 Pietersen (36) for 66 runs after England lost two wickets for one run before recovering to 167-3 at stumps in reply to Australia’s 280.Johnson, who top scored for Australia with 53 and shared a defiant 76-run rearguard stand with No. 10 Ben Hilfenhaus, removed Jonathan Trott and Pietersen to return figures of 2-42 in 12 overs.Cook, who is chasing his third century of the series and has already scored more than 640 runs, got a lucky reprieve on 46 when he miscued a catch to mid-on that appeared to give rookie left-arm spinner Michael Beer his first Test wicket. But umpire Billy Bowden referred the decision, suspecting a no-ball, which was confirmed by the video umpire.Earlier, Strauss raced to 50 with a slashing boundary wide of slips and was in fine touch with eight boundaries and a six before he was bowled by Hilfenhaus with a ball that pitched outside off stump and straightened.England slipped to 99-2 next over when Trott played on to Johnson, falling for his first ever duck in Test cricket.advertisementPietersen, who was loudly booed as he walked to the crease, turned his first ball for four.He then belted Beer’s first ball in Test cricket for a boundary and then almost played onto his stumps in a tempestuous innings before he was finally out attempting a hook against Johnson and directing it straight to Beer at deep backward square.Night watchman Jimmy Anderson survived 20 minutes and was unbeaten on one at stumps.Conditions were overcast for most of the day, but there was no repeat of the rain and bad light that interrupted the opening day.Anderson thrived in overcast conditions conducive to swing before the sun started to emerge, drying out the pitch and the outfield at the Sydney Cricket Ground.Australia resumed Tuesday at 134-4 – in an extended first session after 31 overs were lost on day one due to rain and bad light – and was in danger of another sub-200 first innings at 8-189 before Johnson and Hilfenhaus combined for the best partnership of the innings.Anderson finished off the tailend revival when Hilfenhaus swiped at a short-pitch ball and Matthew Prior took an acrobatic, leaping caught behind.After losing four wickets for 46 runs, the last two Australian wickets added 91 runs to restore some hope for Australia, which is desperate to level the series at 2-2 after England ensured it will retain the Ashes with an emphatic win last week in the fourth Test at Melbourne.Johnson dominated an entertaining partnership with Hilfenhaus before he was out for 53, bowled by a Tim Bresnan inswinger.The 10th-wicket pair belted 16 in three balls after lunch, delighting the SCG crowd, with Hilfenhaus driving Bresnan over the mid-wicket boundary on the last ball of one over and Johnson swiping Swann’s first two balls in the next over for four and six through the same area.last_img read more

City learning to ‘suffer’ as they scrape through latest Lyon test

first_imgPep Guardiola has said his Manchester City side might need to suffer if they are to make the leap and win the Champions League, and in that sense Lyon have done the Premier League champions a huge favour twice this season.They have made Guardiola’s men suffer for 180 minutes, recording a win and a draw that has ultimately not jeopardised City’s chances of reaching the knock-out phases, but which will give the Blues plenty to ponder as they progress in the competition.City’s 2-2 draw at the Groupama Stadium on Tuesday night secured qualification, which will provide as much relief as it will joy given they lost their opening game to this very side back in September.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Yet if City think they got out of the woods by twice pegging back the fearless French side, they will be in for a rude awakening come the last 16 and beyond. Having lost to Lyon at the Etihad Stadium to Lyon in September, Guardiola said his players needed more bruising encounters to get them used to life against the big boys, the teams who will take the game to them. “Maybe we need to live a [difficult] moment in the competition,” he said. “The last two seasons when I’m here we qualified quite comfortably. Maybe you have to suffer in the group stage to realise and make a step forward.”As Lyon attacked City relentlessly on Tuesday night, fans and pundits alike mused that this is what Premier League teams need to do more often. That ignores the fact that most Premier League teams are simply not built to do that, neither in terms of quality or mentality. Aymeric Laporte Manchester City Lyon Champions League 27112018But across Europe there are several sides built exactly like that, who will play their own game against Guardiola’s men. Teams like Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool and perhaps Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain, teams that City will have to face at some point if they are to win this competition.The elite clubs may not be quite at their best at the moment, and City may be outdoing them in terms of league performances, but, as Lyon have proven twice now, form can count for nothing when it comes to one-off meetings.Does it matter that Lyon are second in Ligue 1 and miles behind PSG if they leave Memphis Depay, Nabil Fekir and Maxwel Cornet up front against City’s back three when the Blues have the ball, and push another two players up into the forward line when Lyon are attacking?It is that kind of bravery, blended with their quality, that has troubled City so consistently across their two meetings, and there will be more of that to come next year.City have been without Kevin De Bruyne for both games against Lyon, it should be pointed out, though while his inclusion would no doubt improve his side, he cannot be expected to combat all of the problems that the big sides will pose.In De Bruyne’s absence on Tuesday it was hoped and expected that youngster Phil Foden would start, although given how the game panned out Guardiola could argue he was sparing the 18-year-old a baptism of fire.Sergio Aguero Manchester City Lyon Champions League 27112018Yet with three of the senior players ahead of him all ruled out through injury, and with Guardiola having said he is “definitely” ready for a game of this stature, Foden may well wonder when he will get the chance to show he can indeed handle the pressure.Seeing the game pan out as it did, however, that is a mere footnote. Top of the agenda will be City’s ability, or otherwise, to handle Europe’s most dangerous sides.There are positives, of course. Maybe the suffering has already had an effect; Guardiola wants and needs to see an improvement from his players when they are faced with adversity, and the fact they twice hit back to equalise here bodes well.Then again, none of this will come as much of a surprise to Guardiola, who does not believe that his side are ready to win the Champions League, in terms of the stature of the club.But any outside observer will rightly expect this team of talented, motivated and intelligent footballers to make a serious challenge this season.If they are to do that they will have to come through more testing nights like this. There will be more suffering to come. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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