Hazard: Kompany's quality key for City
- 25 October 2013 09:06
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
After this week’s European excursion, it’s back to domestic affairs on the pitch and in the headlines.
The build-up to Sunday’s Premier League clash with Chelsea has begun, and we start with a tale of two Belgians.
Eden Hazard has warned his teammates of the threat posed by Vincent Kompany, who he knows well from the international setup.
He is quoted in the Daily Express as saying: “He is a great defender. He is really important to City because when he plays they win. When he doesn’t they lose, often. That proves his importance.
“We all know his quality. We are lucky to have him in the Belgium team. I prefer to play with players like him than against them.”
Hard luck, Eden….
A preview in the IB Times also focuses on the importance of Kompany, but brings Yaya Toure into the mix too – a familiar presence in pre-match analyses these days!
Both City and Chelsea fans will surely remember Yaya’s impressive display (and eye-catching goal) when the two teams met at the Etihad Stadium last season, and he could once again prove key to the midfield battle.
Jason Le Miere writes: “City have had the better of Chelsea in recent times, claiming three wins and a draw from their last four meetings. Key to that, as he will be on Sunday, was the presence of City’s other stalwart, Toure. Chelsea’s midfield lacks a presence who can match the Ivorian at his bustling, rampant best and if Toure is in that mood at Stamford Bridge, as he tends to be on the big occasion, City’s fine record could continue.
“Yet, despite being at home, Chelsea are unlikely to be overly adventurous under Mourinho’s guidance. He may well ultimately be happy to take a share of the spoils and remain ahead of a City side that could yet challenge them to the wire for the title.”
Finally – you guessed it – have a morsel of transfer speculation to get your teeth into.
This morning, the Metro has gone for a potential departure rather than the dozens of players that have been reported to be January arrivals. If they all landed at the Etihad, it could be a rather large squad turning up for duty on February 1.
Back to today, and it’s John Guidetti said to be swapping Manchester for Merseyside with a move to Liverpool.
Reports Jamie Sanderson: “Liverpool are known to be the front runners for his signature, having followed him since his loan spell at Feyenoord in 2012, where he scored 20 times in 23 matches.
“French money bags Monaco and Turkish outfit Trabzonspor are also in the race, but staying in the Premier League is the priority for Guidetti.
“Liverpool are committed to bringing through young talent and with Guidetti able to play up front or on the wing, he offers real versatility for Brendan Rodgers.”
Remember, if any ins or outs are confirmed, we’ll be first with the news on mcfc.co.uk!
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