Blues have write stuff
- 20 August 2013 08:45
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
The City Press box was, like the Etihad Stadium, full to capacity against Newcastle as the nation’s media gathered to see what Manuel Pellegrini side could conjure up during the opening home game of the new season.
And the verdict from the watching journalists was very much that they liked what they saw.
The always readable Henry Winter in the Telegraph leads the way in his match report and is impressed with the Blues’ new boss and his methods thus far. He writes: “City have bought well and the appointment of Pellegrini looks particularly inspired.
He is an impressive character in bearing and managerial style, an educated Chilean who speaks good English and clearly holds an honours degree in man-management
“On accepting the job, Pellegrini’s first act was to phone Edin Dzeko, telling the Bosnian that he was important to his plans.
“An individual who can lose confidence quickly, as he did when criticised by Roberto Mancini in Munich, Dzeko clearly appreciated the call from Pellegrini and has responded positively.
“Dzeko was immense here, causing havoc and creating goals; City fans almost sighed in frustration that their No 10 did not feature on the goal-sheet. He was deservedly man of the match.”
Daniel Taylor in The Guardian also waxes lyrical about City’s opening night performance: “It was a wonderful display: fluent, slick, pass-them-to-death football, underpinned by a collective desire to get the Pellegrini era off with a bang,” wrote Taylor.
“Equally a game as one-sided as this cannot sensibly be taken as an accurate barometer when their opponents were so utterly abject.
“Newcastle should just be grateful that City restricted themselves to two first-half goals from David Silva and Sergio Agüero, then another two after the break from Yaya Touré's free-kick and the substitute Samir Nasri. Bad as it was, 4-0 does not really do justice to the pummelling they had to endure.”
We’ll leave the Mirror’s Oliver Holt to have the final word plus an observation on the managers of each club in last night’s contest. He writes: “Manuel Pellegrini, wearing a dark suit and a pale shirt, stood on the touchline for the entirety of the first half.
“Alan Pardew, wearing a dark suit and a pale shirt, stood on the touchline for the entirety of the first half. And that was where the similarities between them ended.
“Because with the new Premier League season all of three days old, the Manchester City and Newcastle managers already look like the rich man-poor man of the division.
“Pellegrini included £75m of new signings in his 18 to face Newcastle at the Etihad last night.
“And Jesus Navas and Fernandinho sprinted, passed, purred, glided and flicked their way into an already formidable City side. City were good under Roberto Mancini but on the evidence of this game, they could rise to another level under Pellegrini.
“They were hungry, slick, sure and fabulous to watch.”
Agreed. On all counts, Mr Holt.