We shouldn't be 15 points behind - Garcia
- 07 April 2013 09:07
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
We begin this morning’s media reports with an interview from Javi Garcia – who is out to prove that City shouldn’t be 15 points behind Manchester United.
The Spanish midfielder, who arrived at the Etihad Stadium on transfer deadline day last summer, is looking to Monday night’s clash as an opportunity to prove to himself and the fans that the table does not tell the full truth.
The Mirror’s Simon Mullock quotes Garcia as saying: “Of course, we have to be sporting and say that the club who finishes top always deserve to be champions, but at City we really don’t feel that the points differential as it stands is a true reflection of the merits of the two teams.
“We won’t be going to Old Trafford feeling inferior. We will be going there with something to prove — both to ourselves as players and to the fans of both clubs.”
As the derby looms, Javi reflects on City’s thrashing of United at Old Trafford last term: “I didn’t see the game last season when City won 6-1 because I was playing, but that result made the whole of Europe realise just how serious this club is.
“If it is possible I want to repeat the same result but for me a 1-0 win with a lucky goal in the last minute will be just as good.”
Elsewhere, with City yet to play this weekend, the papers have focused on more transfer speculation as we get closer to the summer window.
Beginning with the Sunday People, the paper reports that Barcelona have an eye on Blues’ captain Vincent Kompany, and are set to offer Alexis Sanchez as part of the deal.
Tom Hopkinson writes: “The Catalan giants, who will offer City a players-plus-cash deal for Kompany, 26, are on the lookout for at least two central defenders as they plan for a future without Carles Puyol and Eric Abidal.
“Kompany is on their radar, along with Arsenal skipper and fellow Belgium international Thomas Vermaelen – and they will let Sanchez and 22-year-old defender Marc Bartra move to the Etihad as part of any package for the City skipper.”
Finally, the Daily Star have identified Scott Sinclair for a summer exit.
“Winger Sinclair has failed to make an impact since City bought him for £6.5million move from Swansea last summer,” writes Paul Hetherington.
“Sinclair, 24, currently earns £40,000 a week at the Etihad Stadium.
“But the fee and his wages won’t discourage other Premier League clubs, with Everton and Southampton tipped to compete for him.”
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