Man City name new captain after Silva departure

first_img Read Also: Chukwueze, Ndidi, Oshoala rock Eagles, Falcons new kits (photos) “If every one of us put the same high expectations on ourselves as we put on others, our society would be better. “Look to what you have done in the past when you demand things of other ones and stick to what you have to do.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Fernandinho will be Manchester City’s captain for the 2020-21 season, manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed. David Silva took the armband after the departure of long-serving skipper Vincent Kompany last season before the Spain playmaker opted to call time on his decade-long stay at the Etihad Stadium. It means the responsibility will now be passed to Fernandinho, another stalwart of City’s modern era, after the 35-year-old was voted captain by his team-mates and other members of staff. “He will be good [as a leader], as he always has been since I met him,” Guardiola said of the Brazil international who joined City from Shakhtar Donetsk for £30million in 2013 and is out of contract next June. “It doesn’t matter [whether or not Fernandinho has] the armband, he is always a guy who leads in the bad moments. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola “We decided in the locker room, the players, the backroom staff, we decided that Fernandinho is captain and I am more than delighted with that.” A versatile performer across midfield throughout his career, Fernandinho reverted to centre-back last season and looks well-placed to retain that role in City’s Premier League season opener at Wolves on Monday. Aymeric Laporte only returned to training on Friday after a positive coronavirus test and is short of match fitness. Guardiola did bolster his central defensive options with the £40m capture of Nathan Ake from Bournemouth but attempts to recruit Kalidou Koulibaly have stalled. A report from Marca over the weekend claimed City were looking to Sevilla’s Jules Kounde as an alternative and the Europa League winners had rejected an opening bid of £51.7m. Irrespective of the position in which he adds to 314 appearances across all competitions for City, Fernandinho’s role as a guiding influence to youngsters like Phil Foden could also be key. Foden is aiming to build on a breakthrough campaign last time around but badly undermined his preparations for the new season when he broke coronavirus protocols while on international duty with England in Iceland and was sent home in disgrace. Manchester United youngster Mason Greenwood also erred alongside Foden, with the duo entertaining women at England’s team hotel in breach of strict self-isolation rules. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer went on the offensive last week, questioning England’s handling on Greenwood at a time when he was physically and mentally fatigued. However, Guardiola believes Foden should simply learn from an error of judgement for which he has must accept responsibility. “I am pretty sure Phil is going to make a good season,” he said. “He knows he made a mistake. Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them Loading… last_img read more

USA vs. England: How key players Megan Rapinoe and Lucy Bronze match up

first_imgDefensive diligenceBronze is much more than just an attacking outlet and her defensive statistics are also among the best. With the center-back pairing of Steph Houghton and Millie Bright looking vulnerable at times, Bronze’s ability to sweep in behind and snuff out danger has contributed to Neville’s side keeping four straight clean sheets.She has won 44 duels, the fourth-most among all players, and has 11 interceptions — three fewer than the leader in that category, Noko Matlou. The Lyon right-back has also made 13 tackles, good enough for sixth-most among defenders. Women’s World Cup 2019: U.S. teammate salutes ‘warrior’ Megan Rapinoe Women’s World Cup 2019: England coach Phil Neville says USA lacks etiquette after hotel scout Women’s World Cup 2019 preview: What to know, how to watch USWNT vs. England Meanwhile, Bronze was called “the best player in the world” by her manager Phil Neville after her thumping first-time finish capped an all-action display in England’s 3-0 quarterfinal win over Norway.With left-sided forward Rapinoe set to go up against right-back Bronze in Tuesday’s semifinal, we crunched the Opta numbers on both women. Related News Megan Rapinoe and Lucy Bronze have been the standout players for the United States and England at the Women’s World Cup, and the winner of their duel in Lyon may determine who reaches the final.Rapinoe has captured the attention of everyone from President Donald Trump to actor Zac Efron with back-to-back braces that have fired USA to an eighth successive semifinal. Potent PinoeRapinoe, nicknamed “Pinoe”, is one of the co-leaders for the Golden Boot, having become the first woman since Brazil’s Marta in 2007 to score two or more goals in consecutive fixtures.The forward has found the net five times this tournament — the same as teammate Alex Morgan, England’s Ellen White and Australia’s Sam Kerr — but Rapinoe has the best shot conversion rate (45.45 percent) of everyone but France defender Wendie Renard (57.14 percent).13 – Since her Women’s World Cup debut in 2011, no player has been directly involved in more goals in the competition than USA’s Megan Rapinoe (13; 7 goals, 6 assists – level with Carli Lloyd). Pivotal. #FIFAWWC #USA #FRAUSA pic.twitter.com/SIGC4UFICN— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 28, 2019With two assists, too, Rapinoe has seven goal involvements, one fewer than the leader in that category Morgan, whose five goals all came in the 13-0 thrashing of Thailand.A creative forceA unique player on this USA team, Rapinoe’s flair and creativity set her apart. She shot to prominence on the world stage as a substitute in 2011 by delivering the pinpoint cross for Abby Wambach’s dramatic extra-time equalizer in the win over Brazil. Rapinoe remains a threat from the left wing having played the most passes into the box in this tournament (42).Morgan is viewed as the fulcrum in the U.S. attacking trident, yet the statistics show Rapinoe is the one who tends to make things happen. She has created 14 chances so far — fewer than only Guro Reiten, Kosovare Asllani and Amel Majri among all players.The Bronze BomberA right-back in name only, Bronze loves to bomb on and has the freedom to drift inside, as she showed by providing the assist for White’s goal against Cameroon from a position typically occupied by a No. 10.1 – Lucy Bronze is the first England player to both score and assist a goal in the same Women’s World Cup game since Jill Scott against New Zealand in 2011; all five of her goal involvements (3 goals, 2 assists) at the #FIFAWWC have been in the knockout stages. Spotlight. #NORENG pic.twitter.com/c9KFwjXJbZ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 27, 2019Bronze is integral to everything England does and no one in the tournament has touched the ball as often as she has (478). The 27-year-old has had 71 successful passes ending in the final third — the most of all defenders. Her 10 touches in the opposition box are only bettered by Majri, Renard and Crystal Dunn among those who play at the back. Bronze has delivered the third-most crosses from open play of any defender (15) and is tied for second in goal involvements with three.last_img read more