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Zaba issues rallying call...

  • 27 March 2013 08:33
  • Posted by @mccarthy_MCFC

Pablo Zabaleta says more unity is needed within City’s ranks if they are to continue to challenge for the Premier League title.

According to the Manchester Evening News, the Argentina international has admitted this season has been a wakeup call for the reigning champions.

“The Blues find themselves 15 points behind their Red neighbours with nine games to go in the league season, meaning the title race is as good as over” writes Denise Evans.

“And Zabaleta, a firm favourite to be City’s player of the season, has warned his team-mates they need greater mental strength and a more united front if they are to develop the kind of winning culture which their Old Trafford rivals have.

Zabaleta action shot

“The defender questions whether United have been that much better than City in terms of quality this season, claiming Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have the healthy knack of picking up points even when they were not merited.”

Meanwhile, Joe Hart has bemoaned the way in which England conceded an equaliser against Mentenegro last night.

The City stopper told Sky Sports News the Three Lions made life difficult for themselves in Podgorica.

“Roy Hodgson's men were held to a 1-1 draw after Wayne Rooney's early header was cancelled out late on and goalkeeper Joe Hart admits it came as a blow,” the website reports.

Hart said: “First half, thoroughly in control; second half, we made it hard for ourselves and we had to dig deep.”

 

It was a scrappy goal. I'd imagine they'll say it was coming but I think that was the only way they were going to score, with the ball bobbling around and someone being in the right place at the right time.

 

...Joe Hart...

Finally, ESPN calls Vincent Kompany’s return to competitive action a ‘big boost’ for the Blues.

The skipper completed 90 minutes in Belgium’s 1-0 victory over Macedonia in Brussels last night and is set to step out for City when Newcastle visit on Saturday.

Kompany

“The City captain had not played for exactly two months since limping off in the FA Cup fourth round win over Stoke on January 26 and suffered several setbacks in his bid to return after a calf injury,” reports Richard Jolly.

“Now Kompany is likely to take his place in the City defence when Newcastle visit the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

“And there could be a double injury boost for manager Roberto Mancini if Sergio Aguero recovers from a knee problem to play.”

Fingers crossed!

 

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