Ballhaus / HoG Architektur

first_img 2013 Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” CopyApartments•Graz, Austria Area:  2307 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Photographs:  Paul OttSave this picture!© Paul OttText description provided by the architects. The new residential building Stadthaus Ballhausgasse fills a long-time void on this street in the historic city centre of Graz, Austria. The street facade interprets the design principals of the late 19th century using a contemporary language. The plasticity created by a game of light and shadow on the cornices, protruding windows and surrounding frames, as well as their arrangement, is achieved by the absorption and continuation of these elements in the new mirror-effect facade.Save this picture!© Paul OttA three-dimensional appearance, in the form of slightly inclined triangular surfaces, emerges and links the different cornice heights of the neighbouring buildings, thus making the reduced number of storeys, when compared to the late 19th century buildings, less clearly recognisable. The result is a differentiated interaction between facade and window surfaces on several levels, which reveal new details from different perspectives. As a representative view, reminiscent of the end of the 19th century, the street facade complex design and higher expenditure on materials contrasts with the unadorned courtyard facade.Save this picture!North ElevationThis void was the only vacant site in a continuous, homogenous and unbroken row of houses, thus unique in it´s context. Stadthaus Ballhausgasse explores a game of integration and mere imitation, using a new type of material in the form of mirror-finished, high-gloss polished stainless steel — one of the highest quality materials of our times, stainless steel has a subtle life of its own, as it is not as perfectly smooth and hard as glass. Via reflection, the facade depicts the opposite facades, which appear refracted as in a kaleidoscope due to the slightly different inclination. The new building has the paradoxical effect of having both a strong presence and absence via dematerialisation.Save this picture!© Paul OttProject gallerySee allShow lessSingle Family House in Molino de la Hoz / Mariano Molina IniestaSelected ProjectsSeminar: Achieve Energy Efficiency via Window Covering ItemsEventProject locationAddress:Ballhausgasse, 8010 Graz, AustriaLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share “COPY” Architects: HoG Architektur Area Area of this architecture project Ballhaus / HoG ArchitekturSave this projectSaveBallhaus / HoG Architektur ArchDaily Apartments Austria Ballhaus / HoG Architektur Year:  Save this picture!© Paul Ott+ 15 Share CopyAbout this officeHoG ArchitekturOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsGrazAustriaPublished on September 16, 2015Cite: “Ballhaus / HoG Architektur” 16 Sep 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – MetrisVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Cross HairlinePartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Mirage®SinksThe Splash LabTrough Sink – Monolith A SeriesSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights in Helmkehof Cultural CenterBathroom AccessoriesBradley Corporation USAWashroom AccessoriesConcrete FloorsSikaDecorative Floor CoatingsMetal PanelsSherwin-Williams Coil CoatingsFluropon® Coating in Thaden SchoolWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodViroc Nature for Partition WallsMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMMineral Wood Stain – Lignosil®-VeranoDoorsdormakabaEntrance Doors – MAGNEOSinksECOPIXELWashbasin – Light Basin LTBMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Peck & Strong ups eco-friendly ante

first_imgCake-maker Peck & Strong has just completed the installation of solar panels to the south elevation of its bakery’s roof.The 50kw Photo Voltaic system, which converts sunlight into electricity, covers a 350sq ft area at its bakery in Crediton, Devon.The company said it sees it as a “great and opportune investment for the future”, and falls in line with its existing environmental principles.Peck & Strong already tries to minimise its carbon footprint, and annually offsets the remainder (100 tons of carbon).>>Peck & Strong makes jump to much larger sitelast_img read more

Your Southern Garden

first_imgWhile tasty tomatoes may make gardeners smile, smilax does not. Reeves shows how to control the thorny menace. “Your Southern Garden,” produced by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and UF IFAS Extension, is a one-of-a-kind program specifically for the Southeast. The program is made possible by sponsorship from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Clemson Cooperative Extension.Watch “Your Southern Garden” on select public TV stations in Alabama, South Carolina and Florida. Check local listings for details. If you are ready for fresh summer tomatoes, don’t miss “Your Southern Garden” with Walter Reeves May 14 at noon and 6:30 p.m. on Georgia Public Broadcasting. Show host Reeves visits Bonnie Plant Farms to track down how millions of tomato plants grow from seed to finished plants found in garden centers. Tomatoes require training. Bonnie Plants’ David Chambers shares tips. If you like tomato and okra stew, you can find out which method of pre-germinating okra seeds works best. Does bleach really help? last_img read more

Lakers could lean more on Dion Waiters while hoping Rondo returns for playoff run

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Green dealt briefly with what the team has called a testing “glitch,” an error that Green said he believed was caused by a swab that wasn’t thorough enough. He missed Saturday’s practice, but returned for the following two days. Green said he believes that some players have the antibodies to fight COVID-19, and others are in good health. The concerns generally lie not for the players themselves, but for those around them.“Our friends and families; our kids; obviously the people on our staff that are a little older and have health issues,” Green said. “I’m not as concerned. I haven’t seen anybody take a real big hit from our league in terms of having to be in the hospital, having to be worried about their life.” Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers spent much of Monday imagining what their backcourt rotation will look like in the meantime. Rondo’s injury combined with Avery Bradley’s absence means the West’s No. 1 team will likely have roles for Dion Waiters and J.R. Smith, two players who have yet to record a game in Laker uniforms.Rondo’s shoes in particular are difficult to fill because of his roles as a ball-handler and passer which, at their best, reliably helped fill minutes when LeBron James was taking a breather. The Lakers don’t have a reserve who can do either of those things at Rondo’s level, but Waiters, who was most recently with the Miami Heat, has an off-the-dribble scoring ability that could be a jolt in some of the second-unit rotations. The former Syracuse product averaged 13.9 points in four seasons in Miami, though his last season tailed off due to injury and off-court issues.The Lakers could also use Anthony Davis and Kyle Kuzma to bring the ball up the court at times, Vogel said, but the backcourt players — which also include Alex Caruso and Quinn Cook in reserve roles — will get a chance to prove themselves.“We have the ability to use our bigs, with Kuz and in particular AD having the ability to bring it up and handle and initiate offense,” Vogel said. “But I also like the prospect of seeing what Dion Waiters can do. … Losing Rondo put more of a need on Dion’s skillset, so I look forward to seeing what he can do more as we get into games.”Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is the presumed starter for Bradley, Vogel confirmed. He has started 20 games this year, averaging 11.1 points as a starter.center_img Vogel said he was unsure how Rondo’s injury happened, but over the course of Sunday’s practice Rondo reported his hand being in more and more pain until finally going to trainers to have it examined. He had shown up in excellent shape, several Lakers acknowledged.Danny Green expected that Rondo would contribute in some capacity during his injury: He’s regarded as one of the most intelligent Xs-and-Os players on the team.“I know he’ll help coach, help teach,” he said of Rondo. “But it would be great to have him on the floor playmaking, making plays, being that floor general and actually, when he’s aggressive, making some good plays for us and helping our team.”NBA reveals test numbers as Westbrook says he has COVID-19As commissioner Adam Silver said last week, the NBA was expecting positive cases to keep cropping up. They have.The league and the NBPA revealed Monday that two of the 322 players in the bubble tested positive for coronavirus since teams arrived starting July 7. The players, who were unidentified due to HIPAA concerns, never cleared quarantine and were isolated off-campus until they show no symptoms and are able to test negative twice in a two-day span.In addition, the NBA and NBPA said 19 players total have tested positive since July 1 while teams were in market, and have quarantined out of the bubble. At least one of those players is Russell Westbrook, the L.A. native and Rockets star who acknowledged he has COVID-19 in a statement on Twitter.“I’m currently feeling well, quarantined and looking forward to rejoining my teammates when I am cleared,” he wrote. “Please take this virus seriously. Be safe. Mask up!”The majority of players who have tested positive since restart testing began on June 23 have not been identified. Two others, the Rockets’ Bruno Cabaclo and the Kings’ Richaun Holmes, were reported to have broken quarantine in the last week, and had entered 10-day protocols with more rigorous testing before they could rejoin their respective teams.The Lakers have not publicly acknowledged whether they are missing players from their traveling party, though most key players such as LeBron James and Anthony Davis have appeared for interviews and on team media feeds on location.Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs ORLANDO, Fla. >> For now, Playoff Rondo is on hiatus.A right thumb fracture will shelve Rajon Rondo for six-to-eight weeks, a blow to the team’s depth that Frank Vogel acknowledged Monday was “a huge loss.” He’s scheduled to leave the NBA’s restart to have surgery this week and begin his rehabilitation outside of the bubble.But Vogel doesn’t think that means Playoff Rondo — the 34-year-old’s world-beating, stat-stuffing alter ego which has cropped up in postseasons past — is done for good this year.“We expect Rajon to be a part of our playoff run,” he said. “Looking at six-to-eight weeks puts us somewhere around the first, second round of playoffs. We’re very confident that he’ll be able to get back and be a major factor for us.”last_img read more

Former NBA star Odom used ‘fake penis’ to cheat drug testers in 2004

first_imgDuterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too “We started googling ‘fake penises’ and studied different ways to beat a drug test,” he wrote, before ordering a prosthetic penis online.Odom said he used urine supplied by his drug-free trainer to pass the test when a doping control officer arrived at his house. The drug-tester watched from a few feet away as Odom produced a fake urine sample.“He stuck a thermometer in the cup to gauge the temperature … satisfied that the pee was mine, and said ‘Welcome to Team USA,’” Odom writes in the book.The US basketball team would go on to suffer disappointment at the Olympics, finishing with a bronze medal.Odom, a member two NBA finals-winning Lakers teams in 2010 and 2011, suffered a life-threatening breakdown in 2015 when he was discovered unconscious at a brothel in Nevada.ADVERTISEMENT LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MAY 08: Lamar Odom attends the Fashion Nova x Cardi B Collection Launch Party at Hollywood Palladium on May 08, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Rich Fury/Getty Images/AFPFormer NBA star Lamar Odom has revealed he used a prosthetic penis to dupe drug-testers before competing at the 2004 Olympics for the United States, according to an upcoming memoir.The 39-year-old former Los Angeles Lakers star made the revelation in his autobiography “Darkness to Light”, which lifts the lid on his battles with drugs and sex addiction.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Rica Rivera grateful have seen UST, Thomasian crowd back in UAAP Finals before leaving DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFPcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:43PDEA holds surprise drug test at bus terminal in QC for ‘Undas’01:57Student activists tell CHED commissioner to resign02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Odom said he had panicked after being named to the US Olympic team for the 2004 Games in Athens, fearing that he would fail a drugs test.“The joy of being named to the twelve-man roster quickly turned to anxiety when Olympic officials informed me that I would have to pass a drug test before officially joining the team,” Odom said, according to excerpts of his book published on STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“There was absolutely no way I was going to pass. I’d been smoking weed every day that summer,” he wrote. “Panic set in.”Odom said he turned to the Internet to come up with a solution. MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess He had suffered kidney failure and multiple heart attacks and strokes and was in a coma before later recovering consciousness.Odom says in the book that he is still struggling with addiction.“I’m still an addict,” he said. “I still struggle … (But) I will not go into the darkness. Ever again.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportlast_img read more

I lost to a better player: Roger Federer after shock defeat to Stefanos Tsitsipas

first_imgRoger Federer crashed out of the Australian Open on Sunday after a 7-6(11), 6-7(3), 5-7, 6-7(5) loss to 20-year old Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece at the Rod Laver Arena. Federer was looking for a hat-trick of Australian Open titles in Melbourne but was stopped by a rising tennis star, who was just 6 weeks old when Federer won his first professional match.Tsitsipas produced a stunning display of tennis in front of a packed house in the Melbourne Arena and forced Federer into making errors. With his power strokes and exceptional and confident net play, Tsitsipas’s gritty play earned him the victory.Out of the 12 break points Federer had earned, he did not convert a single one and that shows exactly how Tsitsipas fought his way to victory.”I lost to a better player who was playing very well tonight. Hung in there, gave himself chances at some point, stayed calm. It’s not always easy, especially for younger guys. Credit to him for taking care of that,” Federer said after the match.What an effort!Please don’t forget us @rogerfederer! #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2019Despite the fact that Tsitsipas was playing some inspired tennis, the Rod Laver Arena crowd was behind their defending champion and cheered each and every point Federer earned.”I loved the crowd. I think they were fantastic. That there was an occasional excited guy screaming in the rally, that’s okay. I’d rather have it that way than the silent guys who don’t make a sound. It was good fun. I enjoyed it.”advertisementFederer has always been a fan favourite wherever he goes and as he waved his hand to the crowd while leaving the arena, the crowd gave him a standing ovation.It was a match between the oldest and youngest players left in the men’s draw and the old guard fell.Tsitsipas could not believe that he had toppled Federer, a player he had been idiolising since he was a little child.”Roger is a legend of our sport, so much of respect for him. He showed such good tennis over the years. I have been idiolising him since the age of 6 and it was just a dream come true being on Rod Laver Arena facing him. Winning at the end, I cannot describe it,” Tsitsipas said in the on-court interview after the [email protected] has been idolising Roger Federer since the age of six.At 20-years-old, he’s speechless #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2019Roger Federer also confirmed that he is not looking for a long break again and will participate in the French Open this year for the first time since 2015.For the last two seasons, Federer has been giving the claycourt season a complete miss in order to get ready for the grass and hardcourt season post that.2019, however, is going to be different. Federer will grace the clay again.”It’s a bit of a desire. I’m in a phase where I want to have fun and I’ve missed not doing it.”I don’t feel it is necessary to have a big break again,” Federer said.Federer also gave an insight into Tsitsipas’s style of play and said a couple of aspects in Tsitsipas’s play was similar to his.”He has a one-handed backhand and I used to have long hair, too,” said the world number three.”Yeah, so maybe a little bit, sure. He has more of a continental grip than players nowadays. That’s a bit more my way than, let’s say, Rafa’s way.”I see him definitely being high up in the game for a long time. That was a good night for him tonight.”I have massive regrets, you know, tonight. I might not look the part, but I am. I felt like I have to win the second set.”I don’t care how I do it, but I have to do it. Cost me the game tonight.”There is always multiple factors that play into a match like this.”But it definitely didn’t go the way I was hoping on the break points. I also didn’t break him at the Hopman Cup, so clearly something is wrong how I return him, what I’m trying to do.”Also Read | I’m the happiest person on earth right now: Tsitsipas after knocking out FedererAlso Watch | Spider-cam takes off chair umpire’s seat coverAlso Read | Bautista Agut upsets Cilic to make Australian quarter-finalsAlso Read | Nadal thrashes Berdych to reach quarters, Tiafoe beats Dimitrov on birthdayadvertisementlast_img read more

Son of Former OU Linebacker Transferring to Oklahoma State

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Mike Coats Jr., the son of former University of Oklahoma linebacker Mike Coats Sr., announced he is transferring from Lamar to Oklahoma State. Coats played outside linebacker at Edmond Santa Fe and spent just one season at Lamar but did not play.He posted the following statement on Twitter.Most don’t know the whole story, but back in December during Christmas break I went through surgery on my knee for the second time in under 2 months. My family and I believed it was best that I stayed home, not returning to Lamar, to rehab here in the city and transfer to Oklahoma State. I appreciate the Lamar coaching staff, and also thank Mike Gundy and Glenn Spencer for the opportunity they’re giving me to play at OSU.As a high school prospect, Coats was offered as a preferred walk-on by the OSU coaching staff, but never received a full-ride scholarship to an FBS-level school. Now he will team up again with his hard-hitting high school teammate Calvin Bundage, a rising linebacker in the OSU program.Because he is transferring from an FCS program to an FBS program, he won’t be required to sit a year as NCAA rules dictate—although his recent surgery history suggests he might require extended time to heal before competing with the Cowboys.last_img read more

100 Days of Summer: Get to Know No. 41 Britton Abbott

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Our next number belongs to an under-the-radar cowboy back who could have a significant role in the offense in 2017.How he got to OSUAbbott came to Oklahoma State as a preferred walk-on as part of the 2014 class. He played quarterback for his dad, former NFL Football Giant and now head coach at Liberal High School (Kan.). Abbott (the younger) held scholarship offers from the likes of UTSA, Wyoming and Tulsa, but chose OSU with the hopes of earning a scholarship.What he’s down in StillwaterAfter a redshirt year in 2014, Abbott saw the field in two games in 2015 and 12 in 2016, mostly on special teams. During spring practice, Mike Gundy said Abbott was twice the player he was a year ago.AdChoices广告Role in 2017Abbott resides near the top of a pretty inexperienced cowboy back group. While that inexperience and an embarrassment of riches at wide receiver may lead to more four-wide sets, the cowboy back isn’t going anywhere.Abbott talked about where the group is as whole during the spring.“We’re a young group, not a lot of starts.” Abbott told Scout, “Just come out here early, try to get a lot of work in before practice, just get everything down best we can. You know experience is hard to come by at our position group, so we’re just trying to get in as many reps as we can.”It was hard to come by and has been since Abbott arrived in Stillwater. He’s sat behind the likes of Jeremy Seaton, Blake Jarwin, Zac Veatch and even fellow junior cowboy back Keenen Brown. But Seaton, Jarwin and Veatch have all moved on. And there’s an opening for the upperclassmen to make a name on offense.Mason Rudolph talked about the hybrid position on Tuesday at Big 12 Media Days.“Britton, as well as Keenen, played sparingly last year,” Rudolph told PFB. “They kind of know the scheme. They know what that position is about. They’re going to be able to do a good job for us whether it’s blocking or catching the ball, as a check-down in the flats.”Abbott fits more into the Zac Veatch, blocking fullback role but has the ability to catch passes.Noteworthy stats and highlightsWas named the Kansas Class 5A Player of the Year his senior season after throwing for over 3,000 yards, rushing for over 1,200 and was responsible for 49 touchdowns.last_img read more

Why is John Stones not playing for Man City?

first_imgManchester City Why is John Stones not playing for Man City at the moment? Sam Lee Last updated 1 year ago 17:00 7/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) John Stones Manchester City Getty Images Manchester City Premier League Guardiola The England man was one of the league leaders’ best performers before his injury but he has been out of form since January and faces stiff competition John Stones is perhaps the only Manchester City player who is having an up-and-down season. Yaya Toure, curiouly, is simply out of the picture but Stones’ young team-mates are improving and his older ones are playing the best football of their career. Stones looked as impressive as the rest in the first part of the season, but since his return from injury in January he has been out of form and, it is said, low on confidence.The young Englishman, subject of so much attention on these shores given his unorthodox, forward-thinking approach to defending, struggled in his first year as a City player. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp While he was often exposed by his team-mates as Pep Guardiola’s plans took their time to take hold, he was also guilty exposing those around him with a mistake or poor decision-making.Sources close to the City coaching staff were concerned about his mentality last season, worrying that he would dwell so much on his past errors that it would affect his future performances. Guardiola would never even hint at that in public and in fact he once praised the size of Stones’ “balls”, pointing out that his centre-backs need to defend huge spaces, usually against quick players, as well as take risks in dangerous areas to start attacks with their passes.In the early stages of this campaign, that is exactly what he was doing. He and his particular set of talents finally looked at home and he was proving that he was being improved, not indulged, by Guardiola. In the absence of Vincent Kompany, and following City’s failure to bring in another centre-back during the summer, Stones formed a fearsome partnership with Nicolas Otamendi.The two had previously failed to impress when deployed together, but between September and December they were the solid foundation on which Guardiola’s new-look City were built. A source close to the City boss has described Otamendi’s transformation as “second only to that of Philipp Lahm from full-back to midfielder”, owing to his new-found passing ability, but in Stones’ case it just looked like he was fulfilling his potential.Not only was he consistently demonstrating his eye for a killer pass and the ability to play it, he was doing the dirty work in defence, too. He looked strong and assured, while the mistakes and misjudgements were a thing of the past.He was playing so well that it was regarded as a major blow when he was ruled out for six weeks with a hamstring injury at the start of December.City, as they have done in other areas, managed to cope without him and they have continued their fine form well into 2018, but Stones has not looked the same dominant force since he returned two months ago and in many of his performances he has committed errors which have led either to goals or near-misses.Against Burnley in the FA Cup, he sliced at a clearance which allowed the visitors to take the lead. In the next game, against Bristol City, he conceded a rash penalty. Next, against Liverpool, he misjudged a ball in behind which allowed Roberto Firmino to put the Reds 2-1 up, sparking a wild nine-minute period in which City collapsed and conceded three goals.GFX Pep Guardiola on John StonesIn his most recent game, against Wigan, he was not at fault for the fateful goal which put City out, but twice in the first half he looked decidedly unsure of himself, standing off when he could have closed down and then, after jockeying backwards for about 40 yards, not being able to put in a block anyway.He has not played since, sitting out the three big games against Arsenal and Chelsea. Those whispers from the backroom team have returned; it’s said he is struggling for confidence again.Not that Guardiola would let that slip in public. Quite the opposite, in fact: “John is an extraordinary player, what he has done has shown me that,” the Catalan said on Tuesday. “Now we have four excellent central defenders, Vincent Kompany for a long period was not able, now he played in the last games, and of course the last game John had a chance [to play], the next game he has a chance. I don’t know what it’s going to be. But we don’t have, I don’t have, he doesn’t have any doubts about his capacity, his ability to play in this team.”Guardiola also explained that he plays Kompany and Otamendi together, as he did twice against Arsenal, because they are “both amazing at winning duels”. Aymeric Laporte started against Chelsea because, the Catalan says, the Londoners could have used two systems, ones which required a versatile, left-footed defender to combat them. In short, City have options now. For the first time Guardiola has four fit, top-class centre-backs to choose from, and Stones, after two months of patchy form, has to prove again that he can do the job as well as the others. Wednesday’s game against Basel, with City all but through to the Champions League quarter-finals, would be a good opportunity for him to return to the team and to regain form and confidence. He has shown already this season that he can live up to his vast potential, and if he can stay at that level it would be no stretch to suggest he can become one of the best centre-backs in Europe. But before he can scale those heights he needs to force himself back into the City first-team. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more