Man City’s risk-vs-reward style paying off for Guardiola

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP): Manchester City’s risk-versus-reward approach under Pep Guardiola was summed up in one passage of play during a Champions League match against Celtic. With two opponents closing in, City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo coolly slid a pass between them to midfielder Fernandinho on the edge of the area. Pressured by two more hounding Celtic players, Fernandinho produced a Cruyff turn to create space for himself and burst upfield. Just like that, Celtic was opened up and City was launching another attack. Guardiola acknowledges his possession-based style is fraught with danger but it’s been getting results, with City making its best-ever start to a season in winning 10 straight games and scoring 30 goals in the process. It sparked talk of City winning the Premier League at a canter. However, a 3-3 draw at Celtic on Wednesday that ended City’s winning run exposed potential fallibilities in Guardiola’s side. Bravely standing toe to toe with City, Celtic pressed high, hassled relentlessly and looked to outmuscle City’s ball-playing defenders. It worked, with City enduring an uncomfortable night at atmospheric Parkhead, especially at the back. Sitting deep against City and attempting to soak up pressure has got teams nowhere so far. Celtic have shown fellow sides the blueprint to trouble Guardiola’s side: Take them on. As it happens, Tottenham one of the best proponents of a high-energy, high-intensity pressing game are City’s next opponents in the standout match of the Premier League this weekend. It’s first versus second in the standings, a meeting between two unbeaten teams. Tottenham will know Bravo isn’t great under the high ball and takes risks with the ball at his feet. They’ll know the likely centre-back pairing of John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi can be brittle. And they’ll know the absence of injured playmaker Kevin De Bruyne takes some creativity out of City’s side. Tottenham beat City home and away last season, but it will be a huge task to stop the new-look City juggernaut. Guardiola has got City operating at previously unseen levels. The team’s biggest problem under his predecessor as manager, Manuel Pellegrini, was its work rate. But under Guardiola, City is second behind Liverpool in the “distance covered” category, according to sports data company Opta. Dropping Yaya Toure has helped City in this regard. Guardiola is getting the best out of winger Raheem Sterling, who was a disappointment last season after signing for $76 million, by giving him self-belief and playing to his strengths by getting him one on one with defenders as much as possible. He has five goals already. Likewise, Aleksandar Kolarov is looking like a different player under Guardiola, who has even turned the Serbia left back into a ball-playing centre back with mixed results. Playmaker David Silva looks liberated now that he is playing more centrally. Then there’s Sergio Aguero, a scorer of 11 goals in seven games this season. Guardiola is still asking for more from the striker, saying he has to work harder when City isn’t in possession to help the team. That sums up Guardiola’s demanding approach. As does his removal from the first team of goalkeeper Joe Hart and Toure, who were mainstays for the past six years. They didn’t fit his philosophy Hart for his poor footwork and Toure for his lack of intensity in midfield so they’ve been banished. “I want to have control,” Guardiola said after City beat Manchester United 2-1 this month. He was talking about his ball-possession, but he could so easily have been referring to his grip on the squad. WALCOTT’S REVIVAL Theo Walcott’s future at Arsenal looked bleak after a disappointing last season when he was mostly used off the bench and lost his place in the England squad. Now it appears he’s back to his best. Walcott has started all of Arsenal’s league games, and has scored four goals in his last three games ahead of Sunday’s match at Burnley. The pacey winger credits his improved form to a chat he had with manager Arsene Wenger during the off season. “I want it more than anyone else,” Walcott said. Arsenal is unbeaten in eight games since losing to Liverpool on the opening weekend.last_img read more

Non-functioning X-ray dept, mortuary cripples Kumaka District Hospital

first_img– electrical problem, staff shortage affecting servicesMedical services at the Kumaka District Hospital, Region One (Barima-Waini), are in jeopardy with several issues affecting the performance of staff there and the quality of treatment and testing that patients can access.The medical worker, Nurse La Rose, highlighting the woes plaguing the Kumaka District Hospital, Region OnePresently, the hospital’s mortuary is in dire need of a working refrigerator since the present one has malfunctioned.In addition to this, since 2015, the X-ray department has not been able to cater to the needs of persons seeking such services and this has caused heavy financial burdens on patients who have to travel to the hospital in Suddie, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) to conduct X-rays and ultrasounds.These issues were pointed out to health officials earlier this week by one of the hospital’s staff, Nurse La Rose, who spent 10 years working in Region One. She pleaded with Health Minister Volda Lawrence to rectify these shortcomings as soon as possible.“It’s hard for us. Nevertheless, we are trying. The X-ray department there, since 2015 because of some fault with the contract…he started the project, he never responded, after a certain time, the contract was terminated. We have a new brand X-ray machine in there, never used, but because according to the engineer it is the fault with the leading of the room. Also, we have an electrical problem in the hospital.”La Rose pointed out that Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson had been in that area and she had explained the electrical issues to him. Although he had a technician assess the situation, to date, nothing has been done to rectify it, she noted.“We are asking if our X-ray department can be up and running. We have a technician here, we had several of them trained. However, we still have one here and we just use him all around because the department is not running…It is very expensive for patients to go to Suddie for an ultrasound…boat fare, transportation and probably overnight, high-risk clinic is very large and very costly for patients to go there to access ultrasound, X-ray and so on.”She elaborated that more services need to be provided for females, especially pregnant females, and that the absence of a gynaecologist in-house is a major disadvantage for the community.“I am asking if we could have a gynaecologist at least once a month…most of our patients are high risk and they have to go to Suddie…on a monthly basis, a gynaecologist right here would be better for our patients and as a result we would save on our resources too…because we use our health boat to transport back and forth or maybe one side of travelling.”Additionally, La Rose lamented the fact that the Kumaka District Hospital is grossly understaffed, and that although health workers stationed at the facility struggle to execute their duties on a daily basis, authorities should work on deploying more human resources at that health facility to ease the burdens.“…the employment rate has been slow. We have no statistical clerk, we have no receptionist, we have one ward maid at the moment, one cook, our ancillary staff is struggling. Everyone here pitches in from time to time to keep the hospital clean because it is overwhelming on one person. Even more so, for the nursing staff, we are short, because people train, they come back, when their contract is finished, they go and leave that space, most of the persons have done so,” she added.last_img read more