Blues earn rave opening night reviews
- 18 September 2013 09:34
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
There’s the build-up, preparation and planning and then there is the opening night when nobody dare fluff their lines.
Then there is pleasing the critics…
OK, enough with the theatrical similarities but there was an artistic slant to City’s 3-0 win in Plzen last night and there are plenty of interesting reviews concerning Manuel Pellegrini’s first European adventure as City boss.
Plzen, it transpires, was the original home of Skoda and for some of the talented scribes that follow the Blues home and away, the opportunity to weave that fact in was too good to miss.
The Daily Telegraph’s Mark Ogden seamlessly worked in the car angle in his entertaining match report, writing: “So Manchester City did not follow their usual Champions League script after all.
“In the birthplace of Skoda, for so long the butt of jokes about unreliable motors, Manuel Pellegrini’s team avoided another stalled start to a European campaign by cruising to victory against Viktoria Plzen.
In truth, England’s great Champions League pretenders spent the first half spluttering into life before ruthlessly finishing off the Czech champions with three goals in 10 minutes after the restart
...Mark Ogden, Telegraph...
“However, after two years of performing like a high-powered engine running on the wrong fuel in Europe, goals from Edin Dzeko, Yaya Touré and Sergio Agüero secured City’s first away victory in this competition since an equally emphatic success against Villarreal in November 2011.”
I count five car connections there – nice work, Mr Ogden who, we must assume, enjoys a bit of garage music between matches.
The question was: could anyone do better? The Sun’s Martin Blackburn, never one to shirk a challenge, responded with: “Manuel Pellegrini took Manchester City to the home of Skoda - and finally got them motoring in Europe.
“Despite their rapid rise to the top of the Premier League, the Blues’ progress had stalled in the Champions League over the past couple of years. But the brakes are now off…”
Not a bad effort. If we’d have lost, presumably there would plenty of references to wheels coming off... I’ll get my coat.
Finally, The Independent’s Ian Herbert picks up on the new City cup kit being showcased for the first time – though things didn’t quite go to plan. He explains: “Manchester City had wanted to undertake what they call a ‘full reveal’ tonight – marketing speak for displaying the team’s new third-choice strip at the moment the players peeled off their tracksuit jackets to get down to work.
“Except that Uefa did not let them show off as much as they would liked: only the new shirts got an airing because the blue shorts would have clashed with the opposition.
“The important stuff went on full show, though. There were no impediments to City revealing the football which they believe can take them to places in Europe that Roberto Mancini never reached.
“The way they were rolling around the ball almost casually by the end – the magisterial Sergio Aguero might have had four – should not diminish the instantaneous impression made by Manuel Pellegrini, whose Midas touch in Europe was so much of an attraction when City hired him.”
Nice work, gents but I’ll not exhaust the topic…