FA Cup fever...
- 14 April 2013 08:10
- Posted by @mccarthy_mcfc
All eyes are of course on Wembley this morning as City’s FA Cup semi-final with Chelsea ebbs ever closer.
The countdown to kick-off has already begun and the papers are trying to predict who will feature in the starting line-ups, with particular attention devoted to Blues’ midfield maestro David Silva.
“Without the 27-year-old playmaker, signed for £24 million by Mancini from Valencia after the 2010 World Cup finals, City are not the same team. When he plays; they play,” claims The Telegraph’s Jason Burt.
“He is the highly refined oil in their machine and City will desperately hope that he is able to shrug off a hamstring problem that affected him during the impressive 2-1 win at Manchester United on Monday so that he can feature in the semi-final at Wembley against Chelsea today.”
“Chelsea’s record in the FA Cup is second to none in recent years, winning the trophy in four of the last six seasons, including last year,” the website reports.
“Roberto Mancini’s side though are bidding for a third trophy in three years; it may not be the Champions League or Premier League, but fans with long memories of nothing but failure will settle for that.”
To find out what players they have paired against each other, take a look at the full article: http://www.touchlinetalk.com/chelsea-vs-manchester-city-three-key-battles/44952/
We are covering today’s events from every angle, so make sure you are following our official Twitter account @MCFC and stay tuned to the official website for all the latest developments, build up and match coverage.
Finally this morning and according to the Daily Star, the club are preparing to offer Sergio Aguero a new five year deal.
“The Argentina striker has three years remaining on his current deal but City want to put him out of the reach of suitors like Real Madrid,” writes Paul Hetherington.
“It is in line with the club’s policy of tying down their key players, having already secured Yaya Toure, David Silva and Vincent Kompany on long deals.
“And Aguero, 24, is certainly in that category, having scored the sensational goal which clinched the Premier League title last season.”
Remember, the official site is your first port of call for confirmation of any movements in or out of the club this summer.