Pellegrini: Players still hurting

first_img City surrendered the Barclays Premier League crown to Manchester United and were surprisingly beaten by Wigan in the FA Cup final last year. The campaign also ended on a sour note as manager Roberto Mancini was sacked but, under Pellegrini, they have put all that behind them this term. Pellegrini has focused on attack and style, and the results have been impressive with City heading into February in contention for four trophies and with 110 goals to their name. Pellegrini said: “This season maybe they were hurt for what happened last season. “They needed to demonstrate again what kind of players they are. “It is very important in that sense to win things and the only way to win is with a high performance from all of them, but with style to do it. Maybe, of course, I think they want revenge.” Free-scoring City have run up several big scores this season, most notably putting seven goals past Norwich and hitting six against both Arsenal and Tottenham. They have now gone 19 games unbeaten since November – winning 17 of them – but if there has been a vulnerability it has been in defence. Captain Vincent Kompany has said he believes the side’s strength – attack – can also be their weakness as it places extra importance on winning back the ball quickly. He also said complacency could be their “biggest enemy”. Pellegrini made known his anger at the defence after last Saturday’s FA Cup scare against Watford, when City recovered from 2-0 down to win 4-2, describing their performance as a “disaster”. Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini senses his team could be finding extra motivation by seeking to atone for the disappointments of last season. Press Association On the whole, however, he has claimed to be satisfied with his rearguard and does not feel they are exposed too often. The Chilean, speaking ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Tottenham, said: “Maybe you don’t believe me but we work more on defending than attacking because of course it is difficult to when you have to defend with less defenders. “I think it is very important to know how to do it and that’s the way we work here. “For the moment, we will continue in the same way. Maybe it’s my opinion and I am wrong but I think this team defends very well.” City beat Spurs 6-0 when they met at the Etihad Stadium in November, but the Londoners have changed manager and hit form since then. Under Tim Sherwood, Spurs have won their last four Premier League games and Pellegrini claims the last meeting will have no relevance at White Hart Lane. He said: “That is a game that happened three months ago. The great motivation for Tottenham is in the position they are in the table of course if they win they will be near the top.” Pellegrini also delivered a positive update on the fitness of midfielder Samir Nasri, who was carried off on a stretcher with a knee injury during the victory at Newcastle on January 12. The Frenchman initially said he expected to be out for up to eight weeks but Pellegrini has been hopeful of a quicker return. Pellegrini said: “Next week Samir will start running and in two or three weeks he will be fit.” last_img read more

6 memorable moments from the Scott Shafer era

first_imgScott Shafer was fired Monday as Syracuse’s head coach. He’ll coach his final game for the Orange on Saturday against Boston College. Shafer’s three seasons at the helm were marked with early success and plenty of potential, but his final two seasons on the job have been a struggle. With one game remaining, Shafer has a 13-23 record as Syracuse’s head coach.Here’s a look at some of the key moments of the Scott Shafer era.Jan. 9, 2013: Scott Shafer is officially hired as Syracuse’s head coach, replacing Doug Marrone, who left abruptly to become the head coach of the Buffalo Bills. Shafer brought a sense of excitement to the program at his introductory press conference despite having to replace nearly the entire coaching staff.Dec. 27, 2013: Syracuse wins the Texas Bowl, capping off a 7-6 season to start Shafer’s time at Syracuse. The Orange defeated Minnesota 21-17 for Syracuse’s third bowl win in four years.Oct. 4, 2014: Shafer promotes Tim Lester to offensive coordinator after demoting George McDonald. The move came after Syracuse had scored 20 or more points just twice in its first five games. McDonald said he wouldn’t have taken the offensive coordinator job at SU if he had known he’d be relieved of his duties so soon.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNov. 8, 2014: Following a 17-point loss to Duke that eliminated the Orange from bowl contention, Shafer had another impassioned press conference. This time, the coach left the podium chipped after he was asked if the season was a disappointment. Shafer smashed the podium with his fist, saying the goal coming into the season was to win eight games.Sept. 26, 2015: Syracuse loses by 10 points to then-No. 8 LSU. Excitement for the season was arguably at its peak after the Orange started the season 3-0, and followed it with an impressive performance against the Tigers despite playing with a walk-on quarterback.Nov. 7, 2015: Syracuse loses to Lousiville on the road in a blowout, but the bigger story is the health of freshman quarterback Eric Dungey. He was knocked out of the game with a head injury while playing down 31 points with about four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Asked after the game why he left Dungey in, Shafer said he wanted to go for the comeback. Dungey had previously missed time in the season, and has taken multiple hits to the head since then.Nov. 21, 2015: In what turns out to be his penultimate game as head coach, Shafer and Syracuse lose 42-29 at N.C. State. The loss is the eighth in a row for the Orange on the year, and tempers boil over during the game. Shafer was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for the second game in a row, wide receiver Steve Ishmael was ejected for a pair of unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and wide receiver Brisly Estime was ejected for fighting. Comments Related Stories Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer fired, will coach final game vs. Boston CollegePoll: Should Syracuse have fired Scott Shafer? Published on November 23, 2015 at 11:23 am Contact Brett: | @Brett_Samuels27center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more