Five star City are talk of the town
- Sun 18 Nov 2012, 8:37AM
- Posted by Mark Booth
Media doff caps to City’s demolition job on Paul Lambert’s Villa as the champions climb to the table summit.
The nation’s sub-editors had plenty to play with in the wake of the 5-0 win at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon and there are certainly some colourful headlines to choose from on newsagent shelves this morning.
‘Roberto Machine-i’ is the title of Neil Custis’s piece in The Sun which heaps praise on City’s boss and suggests that the Blues are looking in ominous form to the rest of the league.
“A dodgy penalty decision at 1-0 helped to suck the life out of the visitors but City were excellent after the break,” writes Custis.
“It could have been more, but finished at five with two each for Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez after David Silva had opened the scoring. After their fine fightback to beat Spurs the previous weekend it was impressive stuff.”
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“Villa appeared demoralised, the spirit and determination from the first half wrenched out of them while ruthless City, preparing for Real Madrid’s midweek Champions League visit, went on a goal fest,” John Richardson penned.
Meanwhile, anyone who tuned in to see Vincent Kompany as a guest on the Match of the Day sofa last night won’t be surprised to hear that the defender has been shortlisted for an award in his homeland – for plain speaking.
“Belgium’s equivalent of the Plain English Campaign has shortlisted the Manchester City skipper, 26, for its annual prize,” report The Sun.
“Kompany doesn’t use cliches, and he is honest and straightforward in interviews,” Organisers Wablieft said.
“He talks clearly and is quick-witted.”
Finally, the Daily Star reports that City could be about to launch a bid for Malaga forward Isco who is winning rave reviews in Spain for his performances at home and in Europe.
“Manchester title-rivals City and United could be in competition on another front soon – for Malaga winger Isco,” writes Paul Hetherington.
“City’s Spain midfielder, David Silva, is understood to have also given Isco, 20 the thumbs up.
“Isco has been rated at £30million but the buy-out clause in his contract is much less, at £17m.”
Don’t forget that mcfc.co.uk is the only place to read confirmed transfer news when the window re-opens in January.