Dzeko ready for take-off
- 19 December 2013 09:13
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
Edin Dzeko is ready to ease the disappointment of Sergio Aguero’s injury by cranking up his own season and continuing the Blues’ goal spree.
The Bosnian striker has been forced to wait for a chance to kick-start his campaign again after Alavaro Negredo and Kun’s superb partnership restricted his opportunities but his brace against Leicester proved he’s ready to step back into the fold.
Edin told the Daily Mirror: “Sergio has had an amazing season, scoring a lot of goals, and he is an important player for us. That's life, and now we have to try to play games without him, and try to win.
"This is very bad for the team, but there are a lot of players who want to play. I am happy to score two against Leicester - that's my job.
"I hope it means I am back among the goals. When I'm playing, I'm trying always to score goals.
"I am a striker that has scored goals all my life and I love to do it. When I get a chance I try to do my best. We have a superb squad and recently have scored a lot of goals."
The Independent covers Sam Allardyce’s reaction to West Ham pulling City out of the hat in the Capital One Cup semi-final draw.
The Blues, arguably the team the other three sides left in the competition wanted to avoid, represent a tough hurdle for the Hammers, particularly with the first leg being at the Etihad Stadium.
"It's a tough one, isn't it? If it had been one game at our place and not at theirs, it would have been nice," said Allardyce, whose team's only league success on their travels was a 3-0 win at Spurs, while they are hovering just above the relegation zone.
"Over two legs it makes it a little bit more difficult when you know Man City have scored on average four goals every home game."
Finally, the MEN highlight a new craze they call ‘Milnermania’. Of course, City fans have known all along what a quality player James Milner is, but his form of late is ensuring the Blues’ crowd favourite gets the wider recognition he deserves.
Mike Keegan writes: “For many, Milnermania started in Munich, where his assist, penalty fall and stunning strike were almost as unexpected as under-strength City’s 3-2 victory.
It continued with his cameo (and another penalty won) in the 6-3 thumping of league leaders Arsenal and reached hysteria with two more tee-ups in another energetic display as the lights were turned out on Leicester City’s Capital One Cup dreams at a packed King Power Stadium on Tuesday night.
But for those who have followed the Yorkshireman’s career since he made his debut for his home town club at the age of 16, it came as no surprise
To them Milner is just doing what he has always done, it is just the limelight that is new.