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Milner lauds Hart display

  • 28 November 2013 08:53
  • Posted by @porter_mcfc

City fans can relive last night’s Champions League victory against Viktoria Plzen this Thursday morning, with reports and analysis across every media outlet.

You can read David Clayton’s official take on the game here.

Joe Hart caught the eye on his return with a string of strong saves to thwart the Plzen attack, and James Milner was quick to praise his goalkeeper’s performance.

Milner

The England midfielder told Sky Sports: "Nothing's changed for him. He keeps going, keeps working hard.

"He's pulling off great saves in games when he's getting opportunities. He's a great pro and he knows he's just waiting for his chance and hopefully he can take it when it comes.

"We're a squad and we're going to need all of the squad to win anything.

"It's important everyone contributes when they play."

Another City star who put on a show for the Etihad crowd was Samir Nasri, who scooped the Man of the Match award – as voted by you.

Samir celebrate

Obviously the press agreed, with the Independent’s Tim Rich one of the many to hand out plaudits to the influential Frenchman.

Rich wrote: “Aguero did not reappear for the second half for tactical reasons but, together with Samir Nasri, he had been Manchester City’s most obvious threat. Before the match, Nasri had spoken vividly of how his head had been cleared and his appetite for the game restored and the way he played now was further proof of that.

“There was a wonderful early shot that clattered against the crossbar and then Aguero delivered a little chip from the byline that was meant for Edin Dzeko and missed. It fell instead to the boy from Marseilles who tried a fancy little side-footed shot that crept wide.

“Twenty minutes after the interval, a time that had seen Fernandinho denied spectacularly by Kozacik and Joleon Lescott somehow contrive not to stab home Dzeko’s header at the far post,  Nasri struck the dead centre of the net.”

However, a mere football match can’t prevent column inches being dedicated to transfer gossip, especially as January gets ever closer.

ForzaItalianFootball.com has translated a report from Tuttosport claiming that Javi Garcia is a wanted man in Italy.

Napoli boss Rafael Benitez is said to be keen on a move for the City midfielder, even though the Italian side have reportedly already agreed a deal for France international, Maxime Gonalons.

The article reads: “Napoli coach Rafael Benitez has urged the club’s upper management to block the deal for Lyon captain Maxime Gonalons as he has set his sights on Manchester City midfielder Javi Garcia.

“However, Benitez was reportedly informed that Manchester City would be willing to allow Javi Garcia to leave the club for around €20m and is now intent on bringing his compatriot to Italy.”

As ever, when the January transfer window opens, we’ll be first with any confirmed ins or outs at the club right here on mcfc.co.uk!

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