Blues are world class says Laudrup
- 02 December 2013 09:02
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
Swansea boss Michael Laudrup knows class when he sees it.
The Dane once graced Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid during a glittering playing career and he has won numerous admirers in his management career where his teams play very much in his own image.
So despite a more than decent display by the Swans against City, Laudrup accepts that the Blues are simply too hot to handle on their own turf.
BBC Sport quotes him as saying after the match: “I have to say again it's strange to be standing here and we have lost 3-0 when we've done so many things well.
"Maybe that's the bit of difference between having good players like we have, and then some of certain world-class players that they have.
"Our tactics before the game was we'd try to keep the ball and I think we played a very good first half to be fair.
"But you can see some of these players with Man City have got they just need a split second and they can turn the game round."
The Guardian’s Jamie Jackson also waxes lyrical about City’s latest home victory, noting that that the acid test will come in the next few days with back-to-back games away to West Brom and Southampton.
He writes: “With this win City moved smoothly into third place. Manuel Pellegrini's team have a test in Wednesday's trip to West Bromwich Albion but at home they cannot stop winning.
“The record stands at a perfect seven victories and if City can overturn their miserable away form – four defeats and one win from six attempts – they will pose the greatest threat to Arsenal, who remain six points ahead of them.”
Finally, the Daily Express’ Richard Tanner has been pawing through the history books and has come up with some interesting stats about the Blues’ home form this season.
“It is little wonder that Samir Nasri says he is playing with a smile on his face again,” he writes.
“The way City are performing – particularly at the Etihad Stadium – it must be a blast for all their players.
“Rejuvenated Nasri was the pick yesterday with two well-taken goals as his team made it 44 goals in 11 home games in all competitions this term.
“In the Premier League alone they have hit 29 in seven games, the best by a team in the top flight for 78 years, when the so-called ‘Bank of England’ club, Sunderland, hit 28 from their first seven at Roker Park back in 1935.
“And just to underline how times have changed since Sheikh Mansour made City the ‘Bank of Abu Dhabi club’, they managed only 29 at home and away in the entire 2006-07 season when Stuart Pearce was boss.”
No need to remind us of that, thanks Richard!