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Season 2012/13

Slick City take the plaudits

  • 25 February 2013 08:43
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Was that 2-0 win over Chelsea the best performance of the season? Let’s see what the media made of it.

We start with The Sun football journalist Rob Beasley’s match report.

“Manchester City’s fans gave a rousing chorus of ‘Stand up for the champions’. While they may only be able to do that for another couple of months, their team at least are not throwing in the towel,” Beasley stated.

“Yesterday’s performance and victory proved that.

“After the game, Mancini publicly thanked the Pope for his eight years’ work at the head of the Catholic church. “With United 12 points clear at the top, Mancini will need the departing Pontiff’s boss to turn this title race around.

“City fans will continue to hope and pray.”


Elsewhere, there was praise for Yaya Toure from Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp, who declared the Ivorian as back to his unplayable best in the win over Chelsea.

“Big Yaya Toure is back. The Manchester City powerhouse known as The Train has not been at his best this season but he showed what he is about with a sublime goal against Chelsea yesterday,” Redknapp said.

“It was a much-needed result to keep the chasing pack away.”

Paul Doyle of the Guardian believes that Roberto Mancini got his tactics spot on by fielding Jack Rodwell to expose Chelsea’s “malfunctioning midfield”.

“This was Rodwell's first start for City since September and at times it was tempting to declare it the match where he came of age and proved that Lampard is past it,” Doyle posited.

“But just as the ridiculing of Chelsea's decision not to award Lampard a new contract has been excessively disingenuous, so too would it be unfair to declare the 35-year-old worthless.

“The problem here was that he was played out of position: he can still have residual value as an advanced midfielder but does not have the presence to play at the base of a 4-2-3-1, as he was supposed to do here.”


One of mcfc.co.uk’s recent guest bloggers, the ever-excellent Simon Curtis, also put together a cracking write-up of yesterday’s encounter over at ESPN, where he signed off on this positive note.

“Despite this relative famine of goals, the kettle appears to be coming to a boil, if not quite in time to stop the Stretford Express, then certainly in time to board the Wembley charabanc, which will be of some comfort to those beginning to believe the 2012-13 season might leave us all empty-handed.

“For there is quite obviously still time to salvage something useful and beautiful from what has been threatening to become an increasingly frustrating season.”

That one is definitely worth the full read.

That’s all for today, no transfer nonsense for you to pick over, I’m afraid - just some happier headlines to put a spring in your step at the start of another week.

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