Press rave as City approach century
- 17 January 2014 09:19
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
City will be aiming to score the 100th goal of a remarkable campaign when Cardiff visit the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon, and the press can talk of little else.
The incisive, stylish brand of football that Blues fans have been witnessing all season has captured the attention of the media, and the guessing games have begun over who will hit the crucial strike to take City into treble figures.
After overcoming Blackburn 5-0 in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday to take the tally to 99, Manuel Pellegrini’s men are on target to hit the magic number at record-breaking pace.
Clearly inspired by City’s style, the MEN’s Mike Keegan explains how the Blues’ are “redefining” football.
Keegan writes: “Let's start with the Premier League. When Chelsea (those great entertainers) scored 103 goals in 2009/10 it was the first time a century had been passed since 1963 when Spurs, who finished second, plundered 111.
“Manuel Pellegrini's men, with to 17 to play, already have 57 under their belts.”
He adds: “In all competitions, United's Busby Babes hold the record with 143 in 1956/57 which is also under threat.
“There is rampant rhythm with the Blues, who are marching to a tune not heard before.
“A look at Europe's top dogs shows the Blues way ahead of nearest rivals including Barcelona (81), Real Madrid (77) and Bayern Munich (74).
“It would appear that the blood and thunder Premier League, with its emphasis on attack rather than defence, is the perfect environment for Pellegrini's explosive philosophy.”
The Daily Mail picks up a similar theme, although they prefer the idea of blasting to exploding – no need for so much violence, guys.
Reports Neil Moxley: “There are some sporting records which are broken by a few centimetres, a fingertip or by a matter of seconds.
“And then there is the attempt by Manchester City to blast their way into goalscoring history.
“If, as seems probable, the ton is reached against Cardiff City this Saturday, the club will have beaten every other one of its rivals to the figure by a huge margin.
“For this, you have to doff your cap to Senor Pellegrini.”
We’ll give the final word to one Micah Richards, who is appreciating the feast even more for having seen the famine.
The defender remembers 2007, when the Blues experienced the now infamous home goal drought, when supporters didn’t witness a league goal after New Year’s Day.
Martyn Zeigler writes in the Independent: “Defender Micah Richards admits it is in stark contrast to his early days at the club where in 2007 they failed to score in their last eight league games of the season at home.
“Richards, 25, said: ‘That was under Stuart Pearce. We didn't score for something like five months here. It was ridiculous! How times have changed.
"You savour these good times all the more because of back then."
"For me, every day I come in and I see the players I'm playing with and you compare them to the players I was playing with seven years ago and they're all internationals now. It's a different kettle of fish.”
It certainly is, Micah. Here’s to 100, whenever it may arrive!
CITY v WATFORD: With great family prices for the FA Cup 4th round tie with Watford on 25 January (3pm kick-off), the Blues are expecting another bumper gate for the visit of the Hornets.
Last season, almost 47,000 packed the Etihad Stadium for the FA Cup third round tie with Watford and with kids prices starting at just £1 and adult prices starting at just £15, demand is likely to be high as the Blues look to progress to the last 16 of a competition that has seen City feature in two Wembley finals in the past three seasons.
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