Garcia: If we had lost, it would have been difficult for us
- 18 March 2014 08:00
- Posted by @roline_mcfc
As the dust is starting to settle on the weekend's results, the headlines are turning to other matters at hand. Not completely though, so what stories are flying around today...?
Writes Brennan: "The Blues' midfielder was the butt of the boo-boys’ criticism earlier in the season when he was blamed for poor performances at Cardiff and Stoke and admits that at quiet moments during games, he could hear hurtful shouts from the crowd.
"But a fine performance in the victory at Bayern Munich appeared to be a turning point and since then, he has won over supporters with committed, effective displays.
"And at Hull on Saturday, he slotted in at centre-back in place of the red-carded Vincent Kompany and put in a solid, disciplined performance alongside Martin Demichelis as City pulled off a great 2-0 win.
According to the paper, Garcia confessed that City would have had a mountain to climb in the title race if they had returned home without the victory. He stated: "It would not have been finished but if we had lost, it would have been so difficult for us.
"Chelsea don’t lose so many points and we have to go top of the table again. We have played three games less and if we win them, we will be top.
"It was not easy – we lost games against Wigan and Barcelona, then got back to Manchester on Thursday morning – but all the players here have good experience in England and here it is always like this with two or three games this week.
"From the beginning, we knew this game was so difficult for us and after Vinny was sent off it became even more difficult. But we kept working for the whole game and tried to keep the ball for the whole game.
"David Silva was the best on the pitch and the team worked so hard to defend – it is always tough at Hull, especially with a player less. We kept a clean sheet and that is the most important thing.”
Speaking on his current form, Garcia continued: "I feel better now in the country, in the team and in the club. When you feel good off the pitch, you feel better on it. Maybe this season after Christmas I have done my job better.
"When you play regularly, you can show your quality, and the most important thing for me is to win three points and keep working for the title."
Here's hoping your hard work pays off, Javi!
Elsewhere, David Wright of the Express believes any hopes City may have had of luring Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi to Manchester have been dashed.
According to Wright, Messi - interviewed after becoming Barca's all-time top goalscorer - expressed his desire to retire in Spain, asserting: "As long as people want me, I will stay. I am happy here. I am very proud at being in the history of such an important and big club.
"The important thing is that this team keeps on making history. This group has been doing wonderful things, winning everything, and deserves to keep on doing important things."
Hmm... So, it seems that's the end of that then...
And finally, 101greatgoals.com are claiming that City are interested in signing Arsenal's Bacary Sagna, who has less than three months remaining on his contract.
The website declares: "The French full back, now aged 31, has spent 7 years at Arsenal but may be interested in a move to fellow Premier League rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.
"Respected Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claims Inter Milan have dropped out the running for his signature but Liverpool and Arsenal have both tabled contracts.
"Manchester City are also believed to be interested despite having the ever-dependable Pablo Zabaleta in that position."
We'll see about that one.
That's all for today, folks. Check back to mcfc.co.uk at the same time tomorrow for more of the day's City-related media speculation!