‘We can get even better’, Guardiola warns City’s rivals

first_imgSergio Aguero’s early opener and a second-half strike from the Argentina forward — goals that took his career haul for City to 201 — ensured the title favourites picked up where they left off in last season’s record-breaking campaign.But ominously for Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United — all hoping to dethrone City — Guardiola revealed his players are still well short of full fitness after only a handful of training sessions following the World Cup.“We are satisfied, but still we are far away from the (best) physical condition. The players are in bad, bad conditions,” Guardiola said.“We didn’t train a lot this week. We wanted to arrive fresh in this heat.It’s complicated for all of them but they are so competitive. It’s not easy to play after such a short time. My hat’s off to them.“We have seven days to train this week and hopefully we can increase that level.“Now we focus on Arsenal. The training? Two sessions a day.”Whatever their fitness issues, City looked slick enough in the sweltering north London sunshine as they ran Chelsea ragged.Guardiola’s men could have won by five and, ahead of their Premier League opener at Arsenal on Sunday, the Spaniard plans to strengthen his already formidable squad even further.Having signed Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez from Leicester earlier in pre-season, Guardiola wants a defensive midfielder to increase his options in that area.Asked if City would swoop before Thursday’s transfer deadline, Guardiola said: “I don’t know. We are trying to find maybe one more.“We don’t have players to substitute Fernandinho.“When we take decisions it doesn’t depend on one victory or defeat.”– Aguero praise –Sergio Aguero bagged a brace against Chelsea in the Community Shield © AFP / Ian KINGTONWith Aguero becoming the first City player to break the 200-goal barrier, Guardiola saluted the club’s record scorer for the latest display of his predatory instincts.“We were really impressed when he arrived for pre-season. Often he needs time for his physical condition. He arrived so sharp, so good,” he said.“He feels free. It’s good news for us.”While Aguero hogged the Wembley spotlight, there was also an eye-catching display from Phil Foden.City’s 18-year-old midfielder has long been tipped for stardom and Guardiola believes the England Under-17 World Cup winner is on the brink of a breakthrough campaign.“Phil is part of the first team. He played a few games last season and now he is more mature. He did really well,” Guardiola said.While Guardiola was all smiles, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri admitted the team’s hectic pre-season schedule has left his players unable to adapt to his tactics.Sarri and company jetted off to Australia just days after his appointment to replace the sacked Antonio Conte three weeks ago.There has been little time to work on Sarri’s trademark attacking style and, with another friendly against Lyon in midweek, the Italian fears his team will be under-prepared going into their opener at Huddersfield on Saturday.“In the second half there was a big difference between us and City from the physical point of view, so we have to work,” he said.“We were not in control of the match. Our pre-season until now has been a bit crazy.”Sarri has still not seen six of his players after the World Cup, including unsettled Belgian stars Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois, who are both linked with Real Madrid.They will report on Monday and Sarri added: “It’s a long way we have to work. It’s not very easy.“In the next week we have a friendly match again. I prefer in this moment to stay on the pitch with the players only for training.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Pep Guardiola says Manchester City are still short of their peak form © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 5 – Pep Guardiola has warned Manchester City’s Premier League rivals that the champions are still well below their peak despite powering to a 2-0 win over Chelsea in the Community Shield.Guardiola’s team wrapped up their pre-season preparations by sweeping aside Chelsea in the prestigious friendly at Wembley on Sunday.last_img read more

Startup Weekend event canceled

first_imgClark County’s up-and-coming startup culture has a slight glitch.Organizer Dave Barcos canceled this weekend’s Startup Weekend, the three-day crash course for entrepreneurs, citing low registrations and conflicting schedules for volunteers.Barcos blamed the tepid registration on the flukes of snow and ice and Super Bowl weekend.“I talked with a few people that were going to register and wouldn’t because of (Super Bowl),” he said. He added that the snow didn’t help.“It just kind of spun people. It was interesting trying to do business in general, with everybody impacted by it. I think we lost a lot of momentum in general,” he said.Barcos, a regular among Vancouver’s burgeoning tech scene, hopes to reorganize and launch the event in May or June.Entrepreneurial events such as Startup Weekend have broken out in such large, tech-driven cities as San Francisco and Austin, Texas. They aim to teach would-be entrepreneurs how to take a product from concept to market, and introduce them to mentors and potential investors.The local edition, in its second year, was scheduled for this weekend back in October, Barcos said. The 54-hour event would have preceded Portland Startup Week, scheduled for Monday through Feb. 10. Clark College was slated to host, with sponsors such as Workforce Southwest Washington and iQ Credit Union. Cost was $100 per person.Barcos added that a low turnout would have been a bad deal for sponsors and local vendors who planned to make the food.“Everybody waits until the last minute for events like this,” he said. “We weren’t going to hit that goal in time to give our vendors enough time (to prepare).”Last year’s event had around 25 people, a turnout he hoped to double this year.last_img read more