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talkSPORT: Lineker tips City to win tight title race

  • 26 September 2013 08:08
  • Posted by @mccarthy_mcfc

Just days after City’s emphatic 4-1 win over Manchester United; former England striker Gary Lineker has backed the Blues to go the whole way this season.

In a talkSPORT exclusive, Lineker predicts a wide open race, but forecasts City will reclaim the crown come May.

“City, the Red Devils and Chelsea all changed managers in the summer, while Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal did some impressive business in the transfer window,” the website reports.

“It has led to an unpredictable start to the new campaign but, after watching the Blues dismantle David Moyes' side last weekend, Lineker believes Manuel Pellegrini's men may have the edge on their rivals.”

Lineker said: “This season is hugely unpredictable. With Manchester United changing things so much, City having a new manager, Jose back at Chelsea, the huge changes at Spurs, [Mesut] Ozil coming in at Arsenal, even Liverpool making a resurgence, I think it could well be the most open season in years.”

“If I had to stake my life on it, I would go Manchester City.”

Here’s hoping, Gary!

Elsewhere, Micah Richards is not expecting to be included in Roy Hodgson’s plans for next summer’s World Cup in Brazil – according to Sky News.

Micah

“Richards hopes to re-establish himself at Manchester City and earn an England recall, but fears missing out on the World Cup,” the website claims.

“The versatile defender is still only 25 years of age, so time remains very much on his side.

“He was, however, handed a senior international bow in 2006 and has gone on to collect just 13 caps in seven years.

“Richards believes a place in the England squad is achievable if he can stay fit and earn a regular role at club level, but concedes that others are ahead of him in Roy Hodgson's pecking order as the Three Lions chase a spot at next summer's World Cup in Brazil.”

Finally, the Express reports City are set to rival last year’s Champions’ League group opponents Borussia Dortmund for the signature of Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin.

“Dortmund could jostle with Manchester City for Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin in January according to reports in Germany,” writes Charles Perrin.

“The 27-year-old Uruguayan triggered interest from City, Chelsea and Liverpool though nothing materialised.

 

“City brought in Atletico's Martin Demichelis, although Manuel Pellegrini was keen to re-connect with Godin.

“According to a report on German football website 4-4-2.com, Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp is keeping an eye on Godin with a view to making a move in January.”

 

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