Zabaleta appreciation society
- Sat 02 Mar 2013, 8:53AM
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
A welcome appreciation of City favourite Pablo Zabaleta leads this morning’s media reports.
The Guardian’s David Conn enthuses over a player who has won back to back player of the month awards for the Blues.
He writes: “Solid, dependable, consistent, excellent: these are not the descriptions applied most naturally to every stardust-sprinkled footballer in the modern Manchester City galaxy.
“Yet Pablo Zabaleta, even in this hangover season after last year's Premier League title, has garnered universal appreciation of precisely these qualities, from the fans in the stands at the Etihad Stadium, the otherwise angry manager pacing the technical area, to Zabaleta's team-mates and commentators.
“Asked about winning the Premier League, he recalls the fans' emotion, the stored up memories of support and frustration released by the first title for 44 years. ‘I remember when we were on the [open top] bus the day after, a lot of people in Manchester, a lot of them just crying,’ he says.
“’That means a lot when you see that as a player, you feel great, because you know we are doing our job.’”
“Paris Saint-Germain are set to pounce on the uncertainty surrounding Samir Nasri’s future with a big-money summer swoop.
“PSG’s riches mean they will have no problems matching Nasri’s current £170,000-per-week wages, though City will want to recoup as much of the £24million paid for the attacking midfielder as possible,” writes the paper’s Sami Mokbel.
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And finally, Real Madrid are set to use the Etihad Stadium to train on Monday.
The Mirror’s David McDonnell reports: “Manchester City are lending Real Madrid a helping hand in their bid to knock their local rivals Manchester United out of the Champions League.
“A baggage handlers' strike in Madrid means Jose Mourinho and his squad are flying to Manchester on Sunday - rather than on Monday afternoon as originally planned.
“But they are training at City's ground rather than at United in order to preserve the playing surface at Old Trafford, which has cut up on several occasions already this season.”
City, of course, are in action away to Aston Villa on Monday night.