Pep Guardiola ready to keep faith in Arijanet Muric ahead of Ederson for Carabao Cup final

first_img Comment Sean KearnsSunday 24 Feb 2019 6:01 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link118Shares Advertisement Ederson could be forced to sit out another League Cup final (Picture: Getty)Muric is far less experienced than Bravo but Metro.co.uk understands Guardiola is ready to start the 20-year-old against Maurizio Sarri’s side.AdvertisementAdvertisementGuardiola will inform his side of his team selection on Sunday but the Spaniard has kept Muric sweating on his place by insisting he will make a late call.‘We will see – I have to think about it,’ Guardiola said on Friday.‘He’s been an important player for us to be where we are. Leicester with the penalties, he was incredible.‘We trust him, that’s why he is second keeper today. We didn’t look to buy anybody in the winter market.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalCity are sweating on John Stones’ fitness for the clash at Wembley.The defender missed the side’s 3-2 win away at Schalke in midweek and remained in the north-west to recover from a groin injury.Gabriel Jesus also missed the defeat with a hamstring problem and Guardiola is hopeful that the pair could return to feature in his matchday squad.‘Tomorrow (Saturday) we will see, the info I have is they are getting better but right now I cannot say if they will be ready for Sunday,’ said Guardiola.MORE: Mauricio Pochettino squares up to Mike Dean after Spurs’ defeat to Burnley Pep Guardiola ready to keep faith in Arijanet Muric ahead of Ederson for Carabao Cup final Advertisement Arijanet Muric has started each of City’s five games to get to the final (Picture: Getty)Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is prepared to stick with Arijanet Muric for today’s Carabao Cup final clash against Chelsea.The 20-year-old has started every round of the Cup so far and conceded just once during five matches.The Kosovo international has served as Ederson’s understudy this term after Claudio Bravo suffered a long-term Achilles injury and was City’s hero in a penalty shootout win against Leicester City in the quarter-finals.Bravo was City’s League Cup goalkeeper last term en route to the final and Guardiola stuck with the Chilean for a 3-0 win against Arsenal, despite calls for Ederson to be reinstated.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Canadian Badgers bring home gold

first_imgView Gallery (2 Photos)We’ve all heard about the Wisconsin women’s hockey players who represented the United States in the Olympics last year, but with six players who call Canada their home, USA hockey isn’t the only national organization taking notice of the Badgers.Over winter break, forwards Mallory Deluce and Carolyne Prevost, along with defensemen Brittany Haverstock and Stef McKeough, joined Team Canada’s under-22 team in the MLP Nations Cup.With Team Canada these four Badgers played against teams from Switzerland, Germany, Sweden and Russia. Not only were they playing against the other countries’ senior teams, they brought home the gold medal for the eighth time in the last nine years.“It was definitely a lot of fun,” McKeough said. “I mean every time you’re able to put on a Team Canada jersey it’s a privilege. Then when you come back here it’s a privilege to wear the Wisconsin one. I guess hard work always pays off. When your dreams, in a sense, are starting to come into reality, it’s a relief almost and it’s really exciting at the same time.”While all four have played for one of Canada’s national teams at some point, Deluce and Prevost each played in the MLP Cup a year ago with similar success.With two more Badgers on the roster this year, they were more than thrilled to share the experience.“Obviously it’s always an honor when you play for your own country,” Haverstock said. “It was awesome. When I found out I was really excited, and to get to play with some of the Badgers was an even better experience.”“It’s always a great honor to be a part of that team,” Prevost added. “It was good to have a chance to play three other of my teammates. It made it a lot more pleasant to be out there. A lot of the times we were out on the ice at the same time, there was a little Wisconsin line going on. It was really fun.”Through four games Prevost, McKeough and Deluce each netted a goal. While Prevost and McKeough ended the tournament with four points, Deluce had five.Regardless of their individual stats, the four Badgers were proud to help bring the gold back to Canada and show what women’s hockey is capable of.“It’s a good experience obviously to play against the best players from other countries,” Prevost said. “It was our under-22 team, and we’re playing against other countries senior teams. It tells a lot about the development of hockey. It’s really fun obviously to win the tournament. We’re just trying to get women’s hockey to develop, that’s pretty much the primary goal of the tournament. It’s coming along in a big way too.”“It means a lot,” Deluce added. “You really work hard, and to win gold is a big accomplishment for us.”Skating for Team Canada was an honor for the four Badgers, but they weren’t the only WCHA representatives. Jessica Wong from Duluth as well as Laura McIntosh and Natalie Spooner from Ohio State also represented the WCHA.Going from friends on one team to rivals on the next may not seem like the easiest transition, but it is simply a mutual understanding.“We definitely still talk during the year, but I think we’re all pretty competitive people and we know that when we step on the ice, it’s time to play hockey and put the friendships aside for awhile,” Haverstock said. “But we definitely continue them after the game.”Prevost also noted that despite the rivalries, they respect each other and know that it is just part of the world of hockey.“When you’re part of a team obviously you have set goals as a team. You focus on the task at hand with the team that you’re with. That’s what we all try to do,” she said. “There’s different players from college teams that we play here and there’s rivalries when we play each other, but when it comes down to it, when we’re playing for Team Canada, we’re all a team. We respect each other and have fun.”Having fun and representing your country is really what it’s all about. “Anytime I play hockey I have fun,” McKeough said. “When you’re there it’s just another step, and it really pushes you to try to prove to the rest of the players who you are and where you come from. Then again you also see how hard everyone else works so it’s doubly motivating in a sense.”last_img read more