Mail: City's attacking firepower impresses in Munich
- 01 August 2013 09:21
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
Most of the City headlines this morning reflect on last night’s scintillating victory over AC Milan in the Audi Cup.
A thrilling first half included eight goals, five of them scored by City, as Manuel Pellegrini’s new-look side put Nigel de Jong and Milan to the sword in the early stages.
“There were gaps at the back Manuel Pellegrini will want to fill in a hurry, but there was no mistaking Manchester City’s attacking potency as they swept into the Audi Cup final at the Allianz Arena in Munich,” he writes.
“Five goals to the good after 35 minutes, they inexplicably allowed AC Milan back in it towards the end of a bizarre first half and might even have paid for their misplaced generosity as the Italians sensed an opportunity to round off one of the more unlikely comebacks in what turned out to be a scoreless second 45 minutes.”
He added: “Pellegrini will work on the defensive lapses and did not seem unduly perturbed afterwards. The way the goals went in at the other end, City’s title rivals certainly should be.”
The Spaniard’s pace and skill out wide proved too much for Milan to handle.
Akerman writes: “Although James Milner does an excellent job trotting up and down the wing, Navas offers an electric alternative. His game isn't as well-rounded as the former Leeds player, but his unstoppable pace and ability to put the opposing defence on the back foot will be vitally important across the next few years. The English game is no longer defined by physicality, ensuring Navas' extra zip is City's first step of playing the Pellegrini way.
“Fans got a glimpse of such a transformation in the recent 5-3 Audi Cup win over Milan. A ridiculous first half saw City score five goals before conceding three. Navas linked brilliantly with Micah Richards down the right, providing too much firepower for Milan to handle.
“Short passes between the pair continued to pull the defence out of place. Navas darted towards the centre, jinked to the byline and delivered crosses with precision. His assist for Edin Dzeko's first goal was a thoughtful cross that invited the Bosnian striker to slot home City's third of the game.
“Expect plenty more of that.”
Roll on the start of the Premier League season, I say!
On the first day of August, transfer stories are rather thin on the ground, but the future of Aleks Kolarov remains a regular feature in these round-ups.
Today, the Daily Star reports that the defender is keen to stay at the Etihad Stadium, despite flattering interest from Juventus in Serie A.
The paper’s Nick Lustig quotes the Serbian as saying: "I want to remain in Manchester, but it is only logical that should I not be given any space in the team then I'll have to evaluate a few things.
"It is nice to know that an important and prestigious club such as Juventus like me, but I'm not the only person who will have a say on my future.”
As ever, we’ll be first with any confirmed ins or outs at the club this summer on mcfc.co.uk!