Guardiola: ‘We cannot compete’ with Liverpool

first_imgManchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits Liverpool’s form at present makes them untouchable in the Premier League title race.The Reds are now nine points clear at the summit – and 10 ahead of City ahead of their game Sunday at Southampton – after thrashing Arsenal 5-1 at Anfield on Saturday.Jurgen Klopp’s men are now unbeaten in their first 20 matches of the campaign, and have scored 48 goals and conceded just eight so far this term.Though Guardiola has spent in the region of £539 million ($685m) on players since arriving at the Etihad Stadium, the ex-Barcelona boss says his City side are currently unable to compete with the Merseysiders. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “We did well so far,” said Guardiola prior to Liverpool going nine points clear. “We got 44 points in the first round.”If you get the same number of points in the second round, that’s 88 points. With 88 points, you are champions. You have the numbers to be champions.”Most of the Premier League champions in the past 20 years won it with less points. We did quite well. We did really well.“But of course you have the past two games, against Crystal Palace and Leicester, and you have that sense, because there are two teams there now who are better than us in the last month.“What can we say when Liverpool keep nine clean sheets and score a lot of goals? We cannot compete with that in terms of comparing with them.“So we look at ourselves, and tomorrow against Southampton, we have to do what we do, and try to win, and when that happens, everything comes back to a normal position.”Successive defeats to Crystal Palace and Leicester City have seen City surrender their grip on the title race, after their stunning 2017-18 campaign during which they accumulated 100 points and over a century of goals.But City will have the chance to bridge the gap and change the momentum of the title race in the coming days when they face Saints before hosting Liverpool on January 3. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Stephen Poloz disagrees with OECD call to hike interest rates next year

OTTAWA — Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz says he doesn’t agree with the OECD that he needs to start raising interest rates by the end of next year.The central banker says that while he respects the view of the Paris-based Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, different forecasting organizations can use different approaches to predict future economic growth.Poloz says the Bank of Canada’s thinking on the issue is based on its own view of the slack in the Canadian economy and the fact that inflation, at 1.1%, is currently well below where he would like it to be.Last month, Poloz surprised markets by dropping the central bank’s official tightening bias and moved to a more neutral stance, which signals that the bank is as likely to cut as to raise interest rates in the future.Analysts interpreted the move as the bank telling markets it won’t likely start raising borrowing costs until the first or second quarter of 2015.Markets reacted to that assessment by selling off the loonie.The Canadian Press read more

McDaniels Schakel lead SDSU to 8744 victory vs Tigers

SAN DIEGO — Jordan Schakel and Matt Mitchell scored 15 points apiece for San Diego State, which routed Jackson State 87-44 Tuesday night.The Aztecs (4-2) bounced back from their appearance at the Maui Invitational, where they were routed by then-No. 1 Duke, rallied to beat Xavier and then were routed by Iowa State.Jalen McDaniels added 14 points, Nolan Narain 11 and Devin Watson 10 for SDSU.Chris Howell and Jeremiah Bozeman scored nine points apiece for Jackson State (1-6). The Tigers had more turnovers, 23, than shots made, 15.San Diego State committed 21 turnovers.SDSU jumped out to leads of 9-0 and 16-2. Hemsley, Mitchell and Watson each made a 3-pointer for a 9-0 lead that forced the Tigers to take a timeout. McDaniels made a baseline jumper for an 11-0 lead before Jackson State made its first basket, a reverse layup by Venji Wallis.The Aztecs led 49-21 at halftime. The Tigers had only eight field goals while committing 16 turnovers.BIG PICTUREJackson State: The Tigers went 0-2 in San Diego. They lost 76-58 at San Diego on Saturday night despite leading by nine points midway through the first half.San Diego State: The Aztecs needed a laugher after a rough appearance in Maui, where they were lost by 26 points to Duke, rallied from a 19-point deficit to beat Xavier 79-74 and then lost 87-57 to Iowa State to finish sixth in the eight-team tourney.UP NEXTJackson State visits Santa Clara on Thursday night, their third stop on a four-game West Coast swing.San Diego State plays at Illinois State on Saturday as part of the Missouri Valley-Mountain West Challenge.Bernie Wilson, The Associated Press read more