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MEN: City have greater quality than Liverpool

  • 10 April 2014 07:54
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Once again, it’s another day of headlines focusing on Sunday’s clash with Liverpool.

Both teams are going for the title and the showdown has captured the imagination of the media as well as the fans, so don’t expect that to change until the whistle blows at Anfield.

(When coverage can switch seamlessly to reaction!)

Anyway, let us begin with the MEN’s Stuart Brennan, who has written a defence of City’s title credentials following what he deems to be a “media overload” on Liverpool’s qualities this season.

He writes: “The media overload on Liverpool has been astonishing.

“It is true that Liverpool play excellent, attractive football, and purists always prefer a footballing team to a pragmatic, dull outfit like Chelsea.

“But if you look at the season as a whole, and don’t just retain a goldfish-like recall of the last few weeks, City have been the team of the season.

“In the deep midwinter, they were smashing teams – six past Spurs and Arsenal, seven past Norwich, five at Spurs.

“And, while Liverpool have also been scoring for fun, to suggest the Blues’ brand of football does not merit the title is churlish.

“All things being equal, the Blues have the greater quality throughout their team – it is fair to say the only Liverpool players who might displace their City counterparts from a combined team are Martin Skrtel for Martin Demichelis and Luis Suarez for Edin Dzeko.”

Speaking of that man Luis Suarez, and before everyone starts penning their own combined XIs, the striker has been telling the media that Liverpool are ignoring the hype and concentrating on each game as it comes.

The Daily Express quote him as saying: "We're not getting carried away with the talk of a possible trophy. It's obviously nice for the fans to believe and be excited.

"But it's our responsibility as players to concentrate on the next team we face, do our best on the pitch and we'll see what happens in May."

Some May sunshine would be nice to be honest.

Anyway, moving back to the City camp, EPL Index has crunched the numbers and come up with the key stats, battles and players.

It is unlikely to surprise any Blues fan that Yaya Toure is seen to play a pivotal role as to which set of supporters goes home with a smile, alongside Fernandinho.

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The article reads: “Toure has by far been Man City’s best performer this season and has shown how vital he is to City with his goals, assists, work rate and ability to move from box to box efficiently. Toure has had his best goals return this season with 18 to his name, with one every 144 minutes.

“With 5 assists, Toure has created 32 chances with seven of them being clear cut. The Ivorian international has worked up a great partnership with summer acquisition Fernandinho and their ability to break up play in the midfield has helped City grind out attacks in many games. The two central midfielders will hope to be on top form on the weekend and when they are, they normally come out victorious.”

That’s about it for today, but join us again tomorrow for no doubt more build-up, alongside a bit more build-up!

The race for the Premier League has come to the boil, so make sure you’re there to lend your support as we bid for a second title in three years.

Tickets are still available for the two of the last first-team games taking place at the Etihad Stadium this season, against Sunderland and West Brom.

They could be decisive clashes, so don’t miss out.

Buy your tickets now!


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