Zaba happy with Moscow win
- 24 October 2013 09:01
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
The headlines this morning are, sadly, for all the wrong reasons with the racist chanting aimed at Yaya Toure during City’s 2-1 win over CSKA overshadowing a good performance by the Sky Blues.
No doubt we’ll be hearing more on that story in the coming days, too.
As regards the action on the pitch in Moscow, Subhankar Mondal, writing on the Sports Mole website, focuses on Pablo Zabaleta’s after-match comments from last night.
Writes Mondal: “City defender Pablo Zabaleta believes that his side's win against CSKA Moscow on Wednesday will prove to be crucial in them qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League.
‘We knew before the game that it was going to be really tough and the conditions were really difficult,' he said. 'I think we played well and it was a good performance.
‘The three points are very important for us to keep progressing. This match was worth 50% of the qualification for the next round and we won, so I am really happy. ‘”
Meanwhile, the Manchester Evening News carry an update on Vincent Kompany’s imminent return.
The City and Belgium captain limped off against Everton three weeks ago with a groin injury, but he looks like timing his return to perfection with a weekend date with Chelsea on the horizon.
“The Blues skipper watched from home as the team took a giant step closer to Champions League qualification with a 2-1 win at CSKA Moscow last night.
“And a delighted boss Pellegrini revealed afterwards he will be OK to join the squad at Stamford Bridge.
“City returned to Manchester in the early hours of this morning, but the squad were due to meet up again this afternoon for a light training session and massages.
“Said Pellegrini: ‘Now we will start thinking about the next match against Chelsea. It’s a very tough game, but we don’t have any problems with the squad.
’Vincent Kompany and all of the other players are fit, so we are in a good shape.’”
Good news indeed!
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