Mancini eyeing title fight back?
- Mon 18 Feb 2013, 8:18AM
- Posted by @mccarthy_mcfc
Various outlets are suggesting that City’s 4-0 win over Leeds in the FA Cup will provide the boost the Blues need to launch a title comeback.
According to this morning’s Guardian Roberto Mancini has now set his sights on retaining the coveted Premier League trophy.
“Mancini hopes Manchester City's 4-0 win over Leeds United that secured their place in the FA Cup sixth round is the "brodino", or soup-starter, to a comeback in their title defence,” reports Jamie Jackson.
“Though by the time Chelsea are welcomed on Sunday they could be 15 points off the pace as Manchester United play the day before.
“Asked if the win could help kick-start City's challenge, Mancini said: ‘"In Italy we say a game like this is a brodino – a starter. I hope it can happen that we start to win in the Premier League again."’
However, David McDonnell of the Daily Mirror isn’t so sure: “It will take more than a routine win over a limited Championship side to get Manchester City’s ailing season back on its feet,” he writes in this morning’s paper.
“Falling 12 points behind Manchester United, to effectively surrender their status as Premier League champions, has left the FA Cup as City’s only realistic chance of silverware this season.
“And Mancini’s men, inspired by the individual brilliance of Sergio Aguero, showed their intent to reclaim the trophy they won in 2011 that proved the catalyst for last season’s dramatic title triumph.”
Elsewhere, Sampdoria youngster Pedro Obiang says he flattered to be linked with a move to City, even though he is happy at the Serie A club – that’s according to the Daily Mail.
“The Spain Under 21 international has been linked with a summer switch to the Etihad in the European media and the 20-year-old believes it is a good thing to be linked with England’s champions,” claims Graeme Yorke.
“City’s manager Roberto Mancini may seek to exploit his links with the Genoa club, having spent 15 years at Sampdoria as a player.”
Remember, we at mcfc.co.uk will be first to confirm any movements in or out of the club in the coming months.