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City aim to catch Liverpool napping

first_imgManchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini thinks Liverpool’s draining European exploits could give his side an advantage for Sunday’s crucial Barclays Premier League clash. He said: “We must play very good because they also have a strong squad. I don’t think they will play the same starting 11 as yesterday night. They are a strong team and it is a difficult stadium.” City were outplayed on Tuesday as they lost the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie to Barcelona 2-1. But on the home front they have been much more fluent in their last two games after difficulties early in the new year, beating Stoke and Newcastle 4-1 and 5-0 respectively. Chelsea remain strong title favourites but City did claw two points back last week and Pellegrini wants to take advantage of their cup distraction this Sunday. He said: “Of course it is important, and more than psychologically it is important mathematically. “If we are going to have three points more, we are going to go two points behind Chelsea. It is very important to beat Liverpool and to continue winning in the Premier League, and continue fighting until the end to retain the title. As soon as we close the gap it is better for us.” The defeats of City and Liverpool this week came amid a difficult spell for English sides in Europe. Arsenal and Tottenham were also beaten while Chelsea still face a sizeable task against Paris Saint-Germain to guarantee Champions League progress. Pellegrini said: “I don’t think it is about the level of English football but I think there are a lot of things that maybe are important reasons why the results have happened. “The Premier League is very strong and every game you must play 95 minutes at 100 per cent intensity. Maybe in other leagues it is not so hard every game. “In December and January, especially in December, you have to play nine games. Last year we played 18 games in two months. Maybe it is not the best way to prepare for the knockout stages in Europe. “But there are a lot of things and also this year was not a good performance of the teams.” City should go into the game much fresher, having not played since Tuesday while Liverpool only returned from their Europa League game at Besiktas at approximately 4.30am on Friday. Pellegrini said: “I think that of course it is an advantage, (but) not a decisive one because I always think the decisive thing is the performance on the day of the game. “If we think we are going to win that game because Liverpool arrived yesterday night late, that is not the reason. “But I have played in the Europa League and when you arrive on Friday it is not the best way to prepare for a game on Sunday – but that is the rules. They are playing Europa League. “Maybe another time we (will) prepare worse for the game.” Pellegrini could open himself up for criticism given that last month his team only returned from a winter training camp in Abu Dhabi the night before their FA Cup loss to Middlesbrough. But there are differences given that City tried to time their journey to allow optimum rest while Liverpool effectively lost a night’s sleep after their match went to penalties and their return flight was delayed. The disrupted preparation could blunt Liverpool’s edge just as they seem to be building momentum for a top-four charge, but Pellegrini is not attaching too much significance to it. But the Chilean does not believe it will be a major factor and has warned that his side still have an important job to do at Anfield. With Chelsea involved in the Capital One Cup final, City can cut the London side’s lead at the top of the table to two points with a victory in the noon kick-off on Merseyside. Press Associationlast_img read more

Students to save at local businesses, courtesy of USG

first_imgStudents worried about shrinking wallets can breathe a little easier. Starting Monday, the Undergraduate Student Government is unveiling the new Student Savers Club, a discount service that will help USC students save at many restaurants, shops and salons across Los Angeles if they show their USC ID.USG worked with the Student Savings Club, a service available to universities across the country, to negotiate with local businesses to compile a list of student discounts. USG will have to pay $1,700 to Student Savings Club every year they use the service, but the funds will come out of USG’s budget and will not cost students additional money, said Paige Hill, director of communications for USG.Hill said USG thinks the program is worth the price.“I think it’s really cool,” she said. “A lot of the places we’re offering discounts at are something all students can use … stuff that I ate yesterday I could have saved money on. It’s very practical, especially right now in this economy.”Local businesses are also excited about the partnership.“I think more than anything it’s going to bring us closer to that whole student body — get them in here and familiarize them with the venue and what we have to offer them,” said Timothy Whiteman, marketing manager for ESPN Zone at LA LIVE, where students can receive a 10 percent discount if they show their IDs.But other stores said they’re not expecting the Student Savers Club to be an economic boom.“I think the discount will definitely help,” said Tina Plescia, the store manager for Lawry’s Carvery. “But I think just having more promotional ads or something would be beneficial to the location.”Other discounts include 10 percent discounts at Kinko’s, Fatburger and Cold Stone Creamery; a buy one get one free deal at New Zealand Natural; and a complimentary birthday dinner at Zip Fusion.The only expected kink, according to USG President Holden Slusher, is making sure businesses are giving students their discounts. Students will be able to report any problems they have with businesses on the USG website.Students, however, still need to read the fine print, as some businesses have restrictions on the purchases that can be made using the discount.“The 5 percent [discount] is normally not for all transactions, just certain items,” said Maria Verjan, manager of Office Depot on Figueroa Street.While some venues, such as Robek’s, will offer a straight discount, other stores have caveats, such as Bronze Body’s 5 percent discount — offered only on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Slusher explained that such restrictions were the inevitable result of negotiations between businesses and the Student Savings Club.Although the program is just starting, USG is already looking ahead. Slusher said he hopes to run the Student Savers Club independently next year, to avoid paying the $1,700 fee to Student Savings Clubs. He noted, however, that using the Student Savings Club helped the program get off the ground.“It would have taken a full year to put together a program like this, rather than things happening right now,” Slusher said. “The Senators were excited about getting a student-run one next year, so we don’t have to keep paying the annual fee.”last_img read more