PBA IMAGESBong Ramos never expected anything easy when he got the Blackwater head coaching job.That’s why even after the Elite sank to a 0-5 record in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, he cut his team some slack and knew that the squad is still in a transition period.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Almazan, Rain or Shine earn morale-boosting win over San Miguel Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s never going to be easy. I’m trying to instill my system little by little because you can’t shock them,” he said.“This is a process, so slowly, we’re integrating my system. We know this isn’t going to be an overnight change so what we could do is to stay optimistic.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBlackwater’s playoff chances have gone slimmer after its 91-105 defeat to Ginebra on Friday, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to be better soon with a tussle against TNT coming up this Friday.Only the top eight teams will progress to the playoffs. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial But despite the tall order, Ramos believes the Elite have what it takes to cut the league giants down to size and it’s only a matter of outworking the competition.“We know how strong the opponent is, and even for us, we know we have a lot to work on,” he said. “But what we need is more work. They might be stronger, but if we can outwork them, I believe we’ll eventually get the win.”And that’s exactly what Ramos’ goal is, which is to develop a no nonsense attitude from his players as the Elite focus on creating a brighter future for the franchise.“What’s important for me is we’re investing. We’ll never know if later on, we can get something from this core. Slowly, we’re undergoing this process and we’ll see in the long run where we’ll end up,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments LATEST STORIES
5 4. His pass completion rate of 83 per cent is excellent – Click the arrow for more stand-out statistics – Bettered only by Steven Gerrard among the attack-minded midfielders in Liverpools ranks, Milner has displayed an excellent level of ball retention for Man City this season, despite being used in a number of roles, including as a striker, by boss Manuel Pellegrini. 5 James Milner sometimes gets the raw end of the deal when it comes to opinion among English football fans. The Manchester City player may not have the star quality of Yaya Toure or the flair of Sergio Aguero, but he remains one of the most underrated stars in the Premier League and one that could prove to be a shrewd acquisition for many clubs.At the end of the season Milner will be available for nothing and is arguably an ideal signing for a club such as Liverpool, who need battle-hardened consistent performers.For those of you still uncertain, take a look at some of these reasons why he should be snapped up.Click the arrow for more.Liverpool fans, do you think James Milner would be a good signing? Comment below… 2. He’s a winner (72.2 per-cent win percentage) – Click the arrow for another stand-out statistic – This is the win percentage Man City have enjoyed with Milner on the pitch so far this season. Of his 18 league appearances this season, the England international has been on the winning side 13 times, drawing four and losing just once. Check out five stats that show James Milner would be a great free transfer for Liverpool, starting with no. 5. Man City score much more goals WITH Milner in the team – 2.3 v 1.5 goals per game. Now click the arrow above to see four more stats that show Milner would be a good signing – When Milner has been on the pitch City have been far more potent this season. While it is not just down to the England man, it is interesting to see how City compare on the attacking front with and without him. In the Premier League, they have scored on average 2.3 goals-per-game with him, compared to just 1.5 when he has not played. 3. With 35 chances created, Milner supplies plenty of opportunities to score – Click the arrow for more stand-out statistics – Gifted at creating chances wherever on the pitch he plays, Milner has presented team-mates with 35 goal scoring opportunities in the Premier League alone this season, with five resulting in goals. This is only bettered by Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling and stands far above Liverpools more naturally creative players. 5 5 5 1. 83 per-cent of tackles won – A statistic that underlines the all-round strength of James Milners game, this is a player that is not only capable of threatening in attack, but can also perform well in defensive aspects. While he may not be as busy as more defensive-minded players in this regard, his 83 per-cent success rate in tackling is very impressive and is better than Liverpools current midfield options.