Daily Mail: Kompany will take heart from 2012
- 22 April 2014 09:02
- Posted by @roline_mcfc
Compiling the morning's media round-up the day after a victory is always pleasant work.
Even though it was a little more difficult than usual to locate City-related stories (thanks to an interesting development down the road), there's plenty of post-match reaction and the like amongst the headlines.
Writes David Kent: "The results against Sunderland and Liverpool dealt significant blows to City's title challenge. They remain third in the table after closing the gap to six points behind leaders Liverpool - second-placed Chelsea just one point better off - with City still having one game in hand over their rivals.
"But Kompany believes City can maintain the pressure at the top and remembered their win two seasons ago, where they stole the title in the closing minutes of the season."
The Blues' skipper is quoted in the article, announcing after last night's win: "Job done and we had some very good starts in the game, so we'll take the positives out of it and take it with us into the next four games."
Sharing his thoughts on the title race, he continued: "I'm as motivated as anyone. We can still remember what happened for us two years ago, so it's kind of something where we take motivation out of it.
"To be honest the most important thing is for us to get back to our beginning-of-season form. It looked today like we were better and if we can take that into our next four games, anything can happen."
Amen brother! 'Stranger things have happened in football' and all that...
Elsewhere, the majority of headlines lead with City's anxious wait over the severity of David Silva's injury.
States the Express: "Silva was carried off, his right leg in a brace, during City’s 3-1 win over West Brom that leaves them six points behind leaders Liverpool with four games to play.
"City boss Manuel Pellegrini said he will not know about Silva’s fitness until today, but admitted the Spaniard has been playing with an ankle injury. City go to Palace on Sunday."
Speaking in his post-match press conference (which we've summarised for you here), Pellegrini revealed: "Silva was playing the games before with the problem in his ankle and that’s why he couldn’t play against Sunderland.
"In three days he can recover. It is the same ankle as before. The injury started with a kick some weeks ago and he played in the last game with pain."
Here's hoping El Mago will reappear sooner rather than later...
Also in today's headlines, the Manchester Evening News take a slightly different slant in their post-match analysis, as David Lynch discloses 'five things we learned' after last night's game.
Number one on his list is entitled 'City are not giving up yet', followed by 'Silva would be a huge loss', 'Garcia and Demichelis have been redeemed', 'You can't control everything' and 'Fluidity is returning'.
I particularly like the notes concerning Javi Garcia and Martin Demichelis. Lynch proclaims: "Two men who many observers had written off months ago showed their worth in this win. Javi Garcia was dominant in midfield, crunching into tackles and using the ball brilliantly in the absence of Yaya Toure.
"Martin Demichelis, meanwhile, continued his good run of form by winning his duels and stepping out of defence when required to add an extra man to the attack. Both have roles to play in the Blues' bright future."
Very well said. And kudos to both players for responding so admirably after enduring such rough periods.
Finally, no media round-up would be complete without a dose of transfer speculation. Today, it's talkSPORT who provide it, suggesting Napoli have stepped up their pursuit of alleged City target Fernando.
A report on the radio station's website claims: "City were on the verge of signing the Brazilian midfielder and his Porto team-mate Eliaquim Mangala during the January transfer window but pulled out after the Portuguese club upped their asking price and demanded £40m for the pair.
"Manuel Pellegrini was expected to secure a pre-contract agreement with the 27-year-old, whose contract was set to expire in June, but Porto handed him a new three-year deal.
"Now, according to sources in Italy, Napoli are ramping up their pursuit of the midfielder after meeting with Porto chiefs last month, as talkSPORT revealed.
"They face domestic competition from Juventus and Inter Milan but believe their £2.4m-a-season package will persuade him to move to the Stadio San Paolo.
"However, they are still yet to strike an agreement with Porto over a fee."
Well, I guess we'll have to wait until the summer to see how that one pans out.
That's all for today. Check back to mcfc.co.uk again tomorrow for another City-related media round-up.