Premier League: Pep Guardiola Hopes For Impact From Wounded Benjamin Mendy

first_imgManchester City: Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City left-back Benjamin Mendy can still make a strong contribution for the Premier League champions, but only as long as he wins his on-going fitness battles.The 25-year-old French international has had a disappointing time with last season’s domestic treble winners, starting just 14 league games in 25 months since signing for ?52 million ($63.8 million) from Monaco. Mendy has been hampered by a series of injuries but has also been criticised on occasions by City manager Guardiola for his approach to rehabilitating after those problems.However, Guardiola has been encouraged by the manner in which the defender recuperated from his latest knee injury at City’s medical base in Barcelona.”If Benjamin is fit he will have success. He has a special quality,” Guardiola said.”I am happy, but I don’t want to say too much. But I am satisfied because it has been two weeks and his recovery after training has been good. He doesn’t feel any pain and that is good.”These kinds of traumatic injuries are a bit unlucky. One after another. He couldn’t take the rhythm for even half season or a long time. That is a concern but he’s now training good.”The people from Barcelona are telling me that he is working incredible like an animal and hopefully he can maintain that because it is not about one day or one week, it is about every day doing that.”Mendy returned to training with City’s first team squad this week, but is well short of match fitness and won’t feature at Bournemouth on Sunday.PROLIFIC FORMOleksandr Zinchenko has emerged as City’s first-choice left-back, having successfully converted from a midfield position, while ?60-million signing Joao Cancelo, mainly a right-back, can play on the left.Guardiola will hope England forward Raheem Sterling can maintain his prolific form at Bournemouth after starting the season with five goals in City’s opening three fixtures.Including the final game of last season, Sterling has scored seven times in his last four City matches.”He’s a better player than when we first arrived but it’s all his credit, desire to be better,” Guardiola said.”Every player is good when understanding what we want to do as a group and after his desire to be better and to improve his skills. I think he has incredible reception to our talks, like when (coach) Mikel (Arteta) or myself talk with him.”That’s nice when they don’t get that feeling like: ‘oh why is he always pushing or criticising me’. That how he improved, he’s open, from the day when we arrive more than three seasons ago and that’s why he is becoming one incredible, exceptional player.”After that his physicality — so he plays every three days, no injuries, he runs a lot — he is so strong, so it’s good.”Sterling returns to Bournemouth almost exactly two years to the day after scoring a memorable 96th-minute winning goal for City at the start of a run that saw City win 18 consecutive league games on their way to taking the title.”Sometimes in the beginning of the season there are moments that are important for the mood, rhythm,” Guardiola said.”I remember we came from a draw with Everton and you know what happens with the rumours and talk and the doubts in the minds of the players — it was so important that goal, definitely. Benjamin Mendybournemouthmanchester cityOleksandr Zinchenko First Published: August 25, 2019, 2:15 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Update APD says officer ambushed and shot officer in surgery suspect dead

first_imgAPD police vehicles (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Update: 11:20 a.m.Listen Now Anchorage police said that one of their officers had been “ambushed” and shot multiple times early Saturday morning. At a ten a.m. press conference, Anchorage Police Chief Christopher Tolley said that the officer is undergoing surgery for serious “but non life threatening wounds.” APD said the suspect, who has not been identified, was shot and killed by responding officers.Tolley said the officer, whose name will not be released for a “few days,” was trying to identify a theft suspect near 5th Avenue and Cordova Streets at 4:36 a.m., Saturday morning when the man approached the officer and began shooting.“It was a clear and intentional ambush,” Tolley said. “But it will take a while to sort through the information and conduct interviews of those involved and other potential witnesses, as well as collecting other evidence.”Tolley said that he had seen video footage of the shooting, but said that police would be releasing few details about the incident.“It wouldn’t be fair to put too much information out there right now because we don’t want witnesses to be swayed by the information that is put out there,” Tolley said.”Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz joined Chief Tolley at the press conference.“It’s a reminder that when we hear sirens someone’s heading into danger, and they are doing it to make sure the entire community is safe.  The response of the police department reflects a tremendous amount of, not just professionalism, but courage,” Berkowitz said.The Anchorage officer is the second Alaska police officer in less than a month to be ambushed and shot. Fairbanks Police Sergeant Allen Brandt was shot multiple times by a theft suspect he was attempting to contact on October 16. Brandt died twelve days later, from complications from his wounds.Original story:A suspect is dead and a police officer has been hospitalized in a shooting early Saturday in downtown Anchorage.In a press release, the Anchorage Police Department wrote that an officer was responding to a report of a theft in the area of 5th Avenue and Cordova Street when a man brandishing a gun approached the officer’s patrol car and started shooting.The officer was struck multiple times and was able to return fire. Another APD officer arrived at the scene as the the gunfire erupted and also shot at the suspect, according to the release.Additional officers responded to the scene, rendering aid to the both officer and the suspect.The suspect was shot multiple times and was declared dead at the scene.The injured police officer was taken to a local hospital for emergency surgery and is expected to survive.The State Office of Special Prosecutions will determine if the officers’ use of force was justified and APD’s Office of Internal Inspections will determine if their use of force was within department policy.Both officers who fires their weapons have been placed on administrative leave for four days, per department policy, and their names will be released within 72 hours.The Anchorage Police Department will be holding a press conference about the shootings at ten a.m., Saturday.This is a breaking story. It will be updated with more information as it become available.last_img read more