Pep Guardiola did not sugarcoat his feelings (Picture: Getty Images)Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has admitted that he didn’t quite keep his cool when Liverpool secured a late win over Tottenham on Sunday.The Reds went back to the top of the Premier League with their victory over Spurs, which came thanks to a 90th minute own-goal from Toby Alderweireld.City can leapfrog Liverpool again on Wednesday night if they can pick up three points at home to Cardiff in a title race which Guardiola admitted was never going to be easy.However, he hoped it was going to be made a bit easier by Spurs picking up a draw at Anfield.ADVERTISEMENT Phil HaighTuesday 2 Apr 2019 2:40 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link77Shares Comment Toby Alderweireld’s late own goal gave Liverpool three points on Sunday (Picture: Getty Images)When asked about his reaction to Liverpool’s win, Guardiola said: ‘When you see them you think “ah s**t” but no one said it would be easy.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We knew it, I knew it. It is a better challenge. It is an incredible team to fight against them.‘Yesterday I saw how Arsenal play, incredible manager Unai [Emery] and incredible distance.‘Everybody is excited for the next few weeks. It is not so complicated. It is amazing to live this opportunity.’ Guardiola is relishing the challenge (Picture: Getty Images)Pep also confirmed that Sergio Aguero will miss the clash with Cardiff on Wednesday night after picking up an injury against Fulham on Saturday.The problem is not thought to be a serious one, but it is enough to leave their top scorer out of the meeting with the Bluebirds.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityIf, as expected, City beat Cardiff at the Etihad then they will go one point clear of Liverpool at the top, and take them back to level on games played (32).‘Everyone is excited about the next weeks, but we also know we can lose everything,’ continued the Spaniard. ‘It’s amazing to have this opportunity, to be there.’MORE: Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri confirms worrying Marcos Alonso injury newsMORE: Chelsea want Reece James to challenge Cesar Azpilicueta for first-team place next season Man City boss Pep Guardiola reveals how he responded to Liverpool’s late win over Tottenham Advertisement Advertisement
How to avoid a renovation disaster: don’t fall into these three traps.YOU’VE seen how easy it looks on The Block, but how can you be sure forking out $100,000 on a home renovation will pay off?The latest ABS lending finance figures show loans for renovations hit 7-year highs in trend terms in June.And if you thought renovating was already expensive, new figures show costs have spiked a further 8.9 per cent in Queensland year-on-year.ServiceSeeking.com.au’s Tradie Price Index reveals tradespeople in the state are now charging on average $61.20 per hour.Plumbers in Queensland are the most expensive — charging $79.20 an hour, followed by electricians at $74.10 an hour.“Most Queensland tradies are benefitting from an increase in renovation activity,” ServiceSeeking.com.au CEO Jeremy Levitt said.CommSec senior economist Savanth Sebastian said the latest lending finance figures showed people were borrowing more money for home alterations and additions.Mr Sebastian said the data suggested more people had decided to stay put and add extra rooms or revamp kitchens and bathrooms, while others might be sprucing up their homes for sale, following the advice on TV makeover shows.More people are spending up big on renovating their home.“Whether it is the purchase of a new property or updating an existing abode, the family home is the centre of the universe,” he said.Buyer’s agent Nathan Birch, of property investment group Binvested.com.au, believes too many of us are overcapitalising on renovations and throwing money down the drain.GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HEREThe 31-year-old, who has accumulated a portfolio of more than 200 properties worth $50 million, says you need to have a clear reason for doing the renovation in the first place to ensure the numbers add up.“People watch shows like The Block and think they ‘need’ to renovate, or that it will be easy,” Mr Birch says.“Sponsorships knock down materials and labour costs and there’s a whole team of contractors working behind the scenes.“If you aren’t a reality TV star — make sure you’ve done your homework.”Mr Birch suggests first asking yourself if you’re renovating to rent or to sell:TO RENT:“I paint every wall the same colour, including the ceiling,” he says.“I use a colour called ‘Whisper White’ which comes out looking like two different shades from the wall to the ceiling. Sticking to one colour has saved me a lot of money and time.”He also uses dark carpets, as they can easily get destroyed by tenants.TO SELL:Mr Birch says he’d look at the same things but with some added finishing touches, for example a feature wall and lighter carpets to make it feel homely and appeal to the emotion of the buyer.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours ago“The single biggest mistake people make is renovating to their personal taste,” he says.“You need to consider the market. Just as when buying a property, research is your best friend here. Start by looking at what features other properties in the area have.”The suburbs families are flocking to Property mogul sells luxury unitRiverfront reno sells for mega sumNew wall and ground for a modern extension of a house.THREE RENOVATION TRAPS TO AVOID:1. Believing you need to renovate before you sellAsk yourself why you’re doing a renovation, Mr Birch says. ‘What is the purpose and how much value will it add?” Get an expert valuation on your property and look at the features and sale prices of other properties in your area.2. Renovating to your personal tastesThe market knows best. Don’t fall into the trap of believing everyone wants the same things you do. Be careful to avoid ‘trends’ that will go out of fashion and make sure the renovation reflects the local community.3. Overspending on materials and labourDo a cost analysis and look at where every dollar can be spent and saved, Mr Birch says. For example, often a handyman can do the same job as a specialist for a fraction of the cost.“The renovation needs to be increasing the rental value or sale value beyond what you’ve spent or the exercise is redundant.“There’s no rule of thumb when it comes to how much to spend — it comes down to what the job will cost and what the return on investment will be.“If you’re not going to see a return on your investment, don’t do it.”
Drenched in sweat from a strenuous preseason workout, members of the women’s soccer team slowed in exhaustion. As they did, a new, motivating voice echoed off of the McClain Center walls: “Are you willing to give in if you’re not winning?” Once the players heard that, tired as they were just seconds before, they ran with more spring in their step and pushed through the entirety of the drill. Since Paula Wilkins took over the head coaching job last January change — philosophy, workouts, technique, as well as the physical difference of a new coaching staff — has become the motivating spirit surrounding 25 young women. The players think the change is good. “We’re loving it and things have definitely gotten better,” said senior co-captain Ann Eshun, who led the team with seven assists in 2006. “The overall attitude is there.”Since she took over,, Wilkins has pushed the women’s soccer team to the limit, but only because she wants to see them succeed. “They’ve hung in there with my mentality,” Wilkins said. “I have been really hard on them, but they keep bouncing back, keep getting a little bit better. “I’m trying to get them to a point faster than I think feasibly possible but I might keep pushing them because I want them to be successful.”Some philosophies that differ from what Dean Duerst taught in his 13 years as head coach include giving meaning to the most minute of details. “The way we work technically is all about how we’re going to put it together in the big picture,” senior co-captain Katy Meuer said. “Everything is looking toward the big picture and connecting it together. Every little warm-up … she places it in a way that you can look at it to understand how you can use this little, tiny detail in the game that we’re going to play.”Wilkins believes that if players aren’t taught the correct ideologies in practice, or forced to amend lax mentalities in practice, they’ll develop bad habits for games. “I think that players don’t think about that stuff,” Wilkins said. “When training, I think they need to have that mentality that if you give in on things even in practice it becomes part of your nature and it doesn’t help us, so we want to make sure we ingrain what we possibly can in them. “They need to keep being reminded of where they need to be and where they’re going.”It is too early to tell where Wisconsin will finish this season. Especially since it hasn’t even completed its fall workout regimen. But to get some perspective, according to Big Ten coaches, the Badgers will finish seventh in an 11 team pack. The Big Ten season itself should be an interesting one; it can be broken down into two parts: the contenders and everyone else. The best of the contenders is the school Wilkins left, Penn State. It returns Aubrey Aden-Buie and Sheree Gray, two All-Big Ten first team members. A first-place finish this year would give the Nittany Lions their 10th consecutive Big Ten regular season championship. Nationally ranked Purdue (No. 15) and Illinois (No. 20) should also be in the mix. The Boilermakers return top forward Parrissa Eyorokon, while the Illini return some of the conference’s best: Ella Masar, Emily Zurrer and Chichi Nweke, who took home Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Co-Player of the Year and Freshman Player of the Year honors, respectively.”I think that the typical teams, the Penn States, the Illinois, the Ohio States and the Purdues are going to be where they are, and I think after that it’s a free-for-all,” Wilkins said. “Everyone beat everyone last year. It will be interesting to see.” Last season Wisconsin finished in a tie for seventh. The team will be looking to improve upon its 7-9-3 record, returning 12 letterwinners and seven starters. In order to do so, UW must fill the void left by three-time All-Big Ten selection Kara Kabellis, who is the program’s ninth leading goal scorer. Kabellis and current redshirt junior Taylor Walsh were UW’s 2006 offensive MVP’s. They accounted for 37 percent of the team’s offense. Wilkins will be looking for a more balanced attack this season. Junior Sheri Ferron and sophomore Krista Liskevych are early season candidates to contribute in the form of scoring goals with Walsh. The two combined for 6 goals in 2006. One positive that comes out of being pre-ranked in the middle of the pack, according to Meuer, is that there isn’t as much pressure on the team to succeed. “The great thing about this team is we have nothing to lose; everyone counts us out already and we’re always going to be the underdog,” she said. “They’re going to think it’s a roll-over game, and they’re not going to count on us working hard or doing anything possibly right and I think that’s the best advantage we hold over teams.”As fall camp concludes and the season begins, every member of the team understands that it is up to her to play at a high level. Wilkins knows that success won’t happen right away, but the commitment from the players is there.