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first_img The Foxes host Chelsea on Monday having been knocked off the Barclays Premier League summit by Manchester City. The managers have had a rocky relationship in the past and clashed while Ranieri was at Roma and Mourinho was Inter Milan boss in 2010. Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri has revealed his sympathy for Jose Mourinho as he plots to regain top spot. Press Associationcenter_img But with the Chelsea chief under pressure following a poor season – which has seen them lose four of their last six league games to sit 17 points behind Leicester – Ranieri feels for his rival. He said: “Sympathy? Yes, but I have a good relationship with all the managers. For me doing this job is a fantastic life, it is good. “My relationship with Jose is all like other managers. Jose can have a wine (after the game) if he wants. I have a very good Italian wine.” Leicester are unbeaten in eight games but Manchester City’s last-gasp 2-1 win over Swansea on Saturday saw them move ahead at the top on goal difference. But Ranieri believes the Foxes’ focus will be key as he invoked inspiration from writer Rudyard Kipling. “In my job I tried to impose my philosophy, my atmosphere,” he said. “I know when we win it is easier. Everybody is well when everything goes in the right way but I am an experienced manager and I know the right thing is balance – not too high when you are top and not too down when you are down. It is balance. “I remember a Kipling poem If – it is fantastic. Victory and defeat are the same things. Maybe I will give it to my players.” The Foxes have stunned the top flight after beating relegation last season under former boss Nigel Pearson but Ranieri knows they still need to prove they can maintain their form. He added: “We have to go for another 10 matches to continue to stay not top but around the top. I am very proud, my players are playing well and a lot of fans look on us as a team who play well.” last_img read more

first_img Source: BBC Chancellor Angela Merkel has confirmed that the German Bundesliga season can resume this month.It will become the first major league in Europe to return to competition, with a date for resumption to be confirmed by the German Football League (DFL) on Thursday.All matches will be played behind closed doors.With nine games remaining, Bayern Munich are top of the table, four points above Borussia Dortmund.The announcement comes a day after clubs in the top two German divisions returned 10 positive results from 1,724 coronavirus tests.The DFL had warned that many top-division teams would be in an “existence-threatening” financial position if play did not resume by June.Players returned to training last month, with the DFL initially saying the league would be ready to return on 9 May.Germany has banned large events with crowds until 24 October, so games will be behind closed doors, but the DFL has developed a health and safety plan that would see only about 300 people or near the pitch during matches, to minimise the risk of infection.last_img read more

first_imgNotably, he talked about Ivica Zubac, the third-year center, who was traded with Michael Beasley to the Clippers in exchange for Muscala. Zubac has overlap as a player with JaVale McGee and Tyson Chandler, while Muscala’s shooting and ability to stretch defenses gave the Lakers more versatility.In the end, the Lakers decided Muscala could help the team make the playoffs this season more than Zubac could. That didn’t make the call simple.“There’s not a lot of sleep the week before the trade deadline just kind of thinking through all the scenarios and thinking through how things will fit and thinking through the lives of people that you’ll impact,” he said. “So I would definitely say it’s easier to be on the other side where a decision is made and you just have to respond.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersHe added: “And then much like Brady did, we let one of the all-time greats – LeBron – take the helm for this team and make some noise.”That’s the Lakers’ organizational attitude after the trade deadline: They made some tweaks, and now it’s time to let the team charge back into the playoffs. After dealing for wing Reggie Bullock and forward Mike Muscala, two players with shooting pedigrees who can space the floor, Pelinka said the expectation is to be among the top eight teams in the Western Conference for the first time since 2013.As Pelinka spoke to reporters via conference call Friday afternoon, the Lakers stood one loss behind the Clippers and the Sacramento Kings in the standings, with the Utah Jazz and San Antonio Spurs in striking distance as well.With their trades, the Lakers also created an open roster spot that can be used to pull a player off the buyout market. Though Pelinka declined to discuss names, the Lakers are believed to be looking at players such as Carmelo Anthony and Markeiff Morris, both recently waived by their respective teams. Any addition will be made with the hopes of bolstering postseason ambitions.“I think we – really, Jeanie (Buss), Magic (Johnson), Luke (Walton) and I – are all aligned: We really want to make a push to try to make the playoffs this year,” Pelinka said. “It’s been a five-year absence for our fans, and we think that’s an important step to return to contending for a championship and contending forms.” Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Injuries have cost the team dearly on that front: Notably, James has missed 18 games, during which the team has gone 6-12. Pelinka said the Lakers’ front office desired more shooting as a reaction to losing some of their playmakers for long stretches, including Rajon Rondo and Lonzo Ball, and seeing the offense struggle.The Lakers took plenty of criticism for not signing 3-point specialists this summer: For years, the game plan around James’ teams has been to surround him with capable shooters and allow him to make plays on a spaced floor. Pelinka said the organization’s view is they’re still trying to build a fast-paced team of long, athletic playmakers, but in light of injuries to their most dynamic players, they had to adapt.“I think when the engine drivers have had lapses of injury, the game can’t go as fast,” he said. “You have to adjust to that. When the game’s not going as fast, spacing becomes important.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Spacing is something James himself cited Thursday night as he publicly approved of the moves, saying that it would free up areas in the paint for him, Rondo, Ingram and other drivers to get to the lane and either score or kick out.James said his degree of confidence in the Lakers, as they look now, is on the rise.“When we’re healthy, my level is high,” he said. “We’re a team that’s built on depth. When we’re healthy, we’re very good.”And yet the biggest talking point of the previous two weeks was whether the Lakers would trade much of their depth for a shot at a superstar. New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis has been the subject of many trade rumors since late January, when he acknowledged he wanted to be dealt. Lakers trade offers were reported left and right, creating a cloud of distraction around the team.After the deadline passed, the Lakers acknowledged it had affected them, particularly during a 42-point loss to the Indiana Pacers. Even James, who put up a stoic front during the stretch, said the trade rumors have “messed with their minds a little bit.” Pelinka acknowledged Johnson would attend Sunday’s game in Philadelphia but declined to say whether it was to allow aggrieved players to clear the air.Asked about the tension created by the environment when trade talks flooded their locker room, Pelinka drew an elongated analogy about an engaged couple on a trolley, attempting to stay together as a flood of other commuters boarded.“And I just think that’s an interesting sort of life metaphor, analogy,” he said. “I think when you go through anything as a team, if you go through adversity, you can choose how to respond: Does it draw you closer together or does it push you further apart?”Keeping the group together might just be the biggest challenge of Pelinka’s two-year tenure as GM, with Johnson as president. He acknowledged the profession he left, as a player agent (most notably for Kobe Bryant), was easier at the trade deadline.Related Articlescenter_img PHILADELPHIA — Amid the disappointment of Super Bowl defeat in Los Angeles, Rob Pelinka found a lesson.He saw the swirling doubt around the aging Tom Brady and the New England Patriots dynasty earlier in the NFL season, and how they overcame it to add another title to their already impressive franchise legacy.And though that might only cause Rams fans angst, the Lakers’ general manager was inspired.“I think when you’re outside of the playoff race, it’s easy for the folks on the outside to say, ‘Oh!’ and writing them off and they’re not going to be good enough,” he said. “But my hope is our story is a little bit, maybe, like that where we’re on the outside but we find a way to get in the playoffs with the skill sets we’ve added.” Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years last_img read more