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Mangala ready to show his best

September 20, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: dywkshhfy.

first_img Press Association There was the odd hairy moment in Sunday’s 1-0 win at Tottenham, but the France international is confident of kicking on next term. “It was a little bit difficult for me,” Mangala said, assessing the campaign. “I need to adapt to the Premier League. “I know the Premier League better now. I think I am used to playing each kind of game and I am very confident for the other seasons and the next season now.” Mangala’s adaptation has no doubt been hampered by City’s own struggles, with their tame title defence ended by Chelsea on Sunday. However, they can at least look forward to Champions League football next term after the win in north London all but secured a top-four finish. That was far from certain a few weeks back and now Manuel Pellegrini’s men are aiming to finish second or third, which would see them progress straight to the group stage. “We are happy because we knew yesterday Manchester (United) lost against West Bromwich,” Mangala said. “It was important for us to win this game and the most important thing is three points, so it was a good game for us. “We have three games and now the objective is that we need to finish second or third to go straight to play the Champions League next season.” Mangala knows City would not have been celebrating an eighth win in nine Premier League matches against Tottenham was it not for Sergio Aguero and a man-of-the-match display from Joe Hart. “For me, I enjoy playing with Joe,” he said. “He showed today he is a good goalkeeper. It is important to have a goalkeeper like that behind us. “I think he is a young player, he has a good career ahead of him and we need to respect what he does. “The first goal started with Joe. He recovered the ball and played it quickly to David and finished with Kun, he scored a very great goal. “It was very important for us today – thank you Joe today and thank you Sergio.” The defeat almost certainly extinguishes Spurs’ hopes of Champions League qualification and left defender Eric Dier ruing what could have been. “It was very frustrating,” the England Under-21s international told Spurs TV. “I think we played well for the majority of the game. “Obviously Man City are a good side and had spells when they were better than us, but I think we played well and obviously missed a few chances which is disappointing. “If you don’t take your chances, that’s what happens, especially against big teams like Man City. You’ve got to take your chances and we haven’t done that.” Eliaquim Mangala believes Manchester City will soon see the best of him after what has been a “difficult” first season. Arriving in a £32million deal from Porto, a lot was expected from the highly-rated 24-year-old central defender. The transition has been far from seamless, though, and Mangala has endured a fair few tough moments in his first Premier League season. last_img read more

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Frank Howard racks up career-high 13 assists in Syracuse’s 6-point win over North Florida

September 16, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: fofabvlic.

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ After Syracuse lost its first game of the season to South Carolina, SU head coach Jim Boeheim ripped his point guards for not getting into the lane enough. Their inability to do so handicapped an offense that scored a meager 50 points and lost by 14 to a then-unranked Gamecocks team.On Saturday, one of Syracuse’s floor generals, Frank Howard, delivered on exactly what the head coach pleaded for a week ago after Tuesday’s loss to Wisconsin. The sophomore sliced up North Florida’s zone to the tune of a career-high 13 assists.Howard logged his second career double-double with 10 points and 13 helpers. Boeheim complimented Howard’s defense postgame, but it was the point guard’s ability to create space for others that allowed Syracuse’s offense to flow for most of the No. 22 Orange’s (5-2) 77-71 win over North Florida (3-7) in the Carrier Dome on Saturday evening.“Frank’s a big key,” Boeheim said. “He was really, really good tonight.”Long gone are the days when Boeheim threatens to remove Howard from the game if he takes “another 10-foot floater,” as he did once last season. Howard gained muscle in the offseason and fine tuned his shot. Those have helped him round out a repertoire that always included a knack for threading the most effective pass.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Saturday, he effectively drew defenders to him before kicking to a teammate who had more space to operate than he did. On SU’s first two buckets of the game, both 3-pointers by Andrew White, Howard grabbed a rebound and found White on the wing in transition before quickly swinging the ball to White in the left corner for a 3 on the next possession.“I told him, ‘It’s a zone, this is where I’m gonna be,” White said. “You swing it, I’ll get your assists up tonight.”Howard tallied seven assists by halftime, the last of which came on a drive-and-kick to Tyler Lydon, who drilled a 3 with five seconds left. It took less than eight minutes before Howard eclipsed his previous career best of 11 assists. The 12th came on a routine look to Tyus Battle, who hit the ensuing 3-pointer to put Syracuse up 24.“He did a good job of kind of gapping the zone because a lot of time you have an instinct to just swing the ball and he was able to kind of penetrate in, get some quick outs and quick reversals,” White said. “I think that’s what made him have such a great assist game tonight.”The Orange’s bigs, aside from Dajuan Coleman, struggled to score again on Saturday, especially under the basket. Howard has shown the ability to whip one-handed passes to the low post through the top of a defense, namely to Tyler Roberson in past games, but he and the rest of the SU frontcourt are missing easy layups and short floaters near the rim.Howard instead found shooters on the perimeter, choosing to pass the ball out instead of driving heading toward the rim. It created space for a Syracuse offense that has stagnated when its point guards can’t penetrate. Howard’s ability to create space helped the Orange reverse its offensive fortunes Saturday.“Just getting in the paint is big for us,” Howard said. “… It’s kind of how our offense operates.” Comments Published on December 3, 2016 at 8:38 pm Contact Matt: | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more

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