Navas: Let's keep looking forward
- 05 February 2014 08:05
- Posted by @roline_mcfc
As the dust settles on one game, the headlines are just beginning to turn to other matters at hand. Monday's disappointment hasn't been forgotten but for now, everyone's looking to the future...
Writes Ewan Roberts: "Navas insists that Manuel Pellegrini's men are not worried by their performance or that their dominant home form has come to a crashing end and the former Sevilla man predicts that City will return to top form sooner rather than later.
According to the website, the Spaniard told reporters: "We were on a really good dynamic run and we were expecting to win but it didn't happen.
"But let's keep looking forward and winning more matches again. The team has the potential to go on another run like we have. We want to be in the first spot so we will keep working to get there.
"We usually play against great teams and we usually win but we are satisfied with the way we played against Chelsea and hopefully we can win the next games ahead.
"We are on the right track. When they scored, it was hard for us but we worked well so we are not worried about it. The team worked until the end and had options. We could have won so we are not worried about this one loss."
Scribes Dan Coombs: "The Montengrin star has seen his time at the club blighted by injury so far, but having scored a week earlier against Tottenham, there are signs he is coming into form a just the right time heading down the title stretch.
"It's so far been an anti-climax for the 24-year-old, who was the subject of one of the most drawn out transfer sagas of the summer.
"Arsenal had appeared the most likely team to sign the player, linked with his signature throughout the build-up to the transfer window, but dropped their interest in mid-July, unwilling to match Fiorentina's £25 million asking price.
According to Coombs, Jovetic revealed: "I never regretted the choice. Sure these 4-5 months have been difficult at the beginning because I was not playing - I got injured often but now it is all behind.
"I never doubted myself even in the most difficult moments. I knew that I could play in this team and now I have to prove.
"[Why did I join] City? Matija Nastasic and I talked a lot; he convinced me. I decided to come here because there is a major project with many players.
"I should have come the year before, but I was happy and I had a nice season with Montella and Fiorentina. There was also Real Madrid, but I chose City."
Good choice, Stevan... Good choice!
"The Gaffer" - and that's not Manuel Pellegrini, I might add! - claims: "The Catalan club see Silva as a potential long-term replacement for now ageing midfielder Xavi, and are willing to go 'all out' in order to lure the star to the Nou Camp.
"Silva has been one of the most consistent performers in the Premier League since his move to the Etihad, hitting 57 assists and 22 goals in just 160 appearances for the mega-rich club.
"Silva would apparently be tempted by the move, as he attempts to further establish himself as a regular in the Spanish international side – a team that he has largely remained on the fringe of.
"Manuel Pellegrini is desperate to keep hold of his midfield maestro, but with Barcelona’s Xavi hitting almost 35, Barcelona appear ready to make their massive bid to get their star replacement."
With seemingly no evidence to back this story up, I'm afraid I have to question the credibility of the source but then again, how often are transfer rumours ever proved right?!
Ah well! That's all for today. As always, we'll be back at the same time tomorrow morning to round-up the morning's media speculation...
City take on Sunderland in the Premier League on Wednesday 12 February in what will be a dress rehearsal for the Capital One Cup Final in March.
Can the Blues avenge the Stadium of Light defeat earlier this season? A night match under the lights at the Etihad and a preview of the forthcoming final - demand is expected to be high as Manuel Pellegrini's side attempt to continue their incredible run.
Don't miss out - ticket details can be found here...