Title race not over yet
- Fri 15 Feb 2013, 8:45AM
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
Amid all the damning media assessments of City’s title chances, assistant manager Brian Kidd has warned it isn’t over yet in reports today.
Kidd is determined that the Blues will go all out to win the FA Cup, but there remains a determination to fight to retain their Premier League crown, writes Stuart Brennan of the Manchester Evening News.
“He has warned Leeds, and City’s 12 remaining league opponents, that he has sensed a mood of wanting to put things right among the players at Carrington this week.
‘With 12 games to go it will be tough, we are not kidding ourselves, but there is no way we are conceding the title now.
‘We are the champions and it’s about how we finish from now until the end of the season. We have to fight like hell and work like hell for the last 12 games. Great champions don’t lose their titles sitting on a stool.”’
There was much paper talk earlier in the week discussing how many changes Roberto Mancini might make for this weekend’s tie. One change The Sun are reporting today is the return of Carlos Tevez, who missed the defeat at Southampton.
“Boss Roberto Mancini is ready to ring the changes for Sunday’s tie with Tevez, 29, one of those set to come in — maybe at Edin Dzeko’s expense,” reports Martin Blackburn.
Transfer news is also in full swing, with claims in the Express that Roberto Mancini has turned his attention to Erik Lamela, after a scouting mission in Italy to watch the Roma forward in a Serie A game against Sampdoria.
The paper’s Charles Perrin writes: “Mancini was believed to be impressed with what he saw, and was also complementary of Mauro Icardi, who rounded off the scoring for Sampdoria in their 3-1 win.
“The Citizens are expecting a major clear-out in the summer, with 11 players believed to be leaving the Etihad.”
“Italian football site Football Italia state that Roma are prepared to listen to offers for their Argentine marksman.”
Remember, transfer news isn’t official until it’s confirmed here on mcfc.co.uk.