Guardiola: Celtic are used to pressure and showed that against City

first_imgPep Guardiola highlighted Celtic’s capacity for dealing with pressure and how that helped them against Manchester City.The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss pointed out the pressure Brendan Rodgers’ side have to cope with on a weekly basis in Scotland.“Every player who plays for Celtic knows that every weekend they have to win,” he said. “So every player that comes here to Scotland, they know it doesn’t matter if they play here in this marvellous stadium or away, they have to win. “They use that. That mentality, I saw that here. That’s why I knew how tough it would be.”Moussa Dembele bagged a brace in the 3-3 Champions League draw, with Raheem Sterling also scoring an own goal. Guardiola praised the performance of the hosts and the quality of Celtic’s team.“They are strong in the long balls, they have amazing wingers, both of them are good, Sinclair especially,” he said.“And Roberts who played the last few minutes, we saw his quality in one against one, they are strong in the middle, so they are a good team.”last_img read more

Thorny devils grow giant legs to pin rivals

first_img Thorny devils grow giant legs to pin rivals Email By Elizabeth PennisiJun. 25, 2019 , 4:30 PM Romain Boisseau PROVIDENCE—True to their name, stick insects are famous for their spindly legs and lithe brown or green bodies that let them blend in with their environments. Males are typically much smaller than females. But tree lobsters—which include New Guinea’s thorny devil (Eurycantha calcarata) and the Lord Howe Island stick insect (Dryococelus australis)—are a glaring exception. Giant, cigar-size males sport thick hind legs tipped with powerful spines. Now, researchers know why these tree lobsters bulk up: to make sure they get their gal.Female tree lobsters can reproduce all on their own, so some researchers have proposed that males evolved their powerful legs to grab and hold unwilling mates. Others assume they use them to fight off predators. Still others wonder whether the legs are the equivalent of an elk’s rack—a weapon for fending off rivals.Researchers studying thorny devils in Papua New Guinea soon found that males and females are at equal risk of being attacked and eaten, meaning male-only bulking would make no sense. Video evidence of sexual encounters revealed females did not resist male advances, putting a nail in the coffin of the “unwilling partner” theory. But the females’ appetite for sex—they quickly mate multiple times with multiple males—suggests the rivalry theory could explain the males’ need to be big and strong, the researchers reported here this week at the joint meeting of the American Society of Naturalists, the Society for the Study of Evolution, and the Society of Systematic Biologists. Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! 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Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Unlike their slimmer cousins, tree lobsters spend their days crowded into tree cavities. Females emerge after dark and hang out on the tree trunk for about an hour before heading out to hunt for food. It’s during this cocktail hour that males have their best chance to mate. So, they come out even earlier and jockey for position, sometimes fighting for the best spot. The bigger males wrap a hindleg around smaller rivals, convincing them to move on, the researchers report. And having that extra bulk really makes a difference: The bullies mate twice as often as their less macho peers.last_img read more