Guardian: "Good week" for title-chasing Blues
- 30 March 2014 08:41
- Posted by @NieldyMCFC
The Blues’ draw at the Emirates goes under the microscope this morning as the clash of the two heavyweights is analysed. There’s also some transfer and contract speculation to pour over with your Sunday morning cereal…
You’d have thought an away draw against a title rival (a fixture City have only won one league instance of in the last eight) was a bad result for the Blues the way some media outlets reviewed the game, however, The Guardian offer a much more balanced view of the result which still leaves the destiny of the Premier League crown still firmly in City’s own hands. Quoting Blues’ boss Manuel Pellegrini:
“"It is not easy to come to Arsenal's home and beat Arsenal. All of us want to win all the points, but, I repeat, we had a good performance against a very difficult team at their own stadium."
“Pellegrini is expecting more drama to come. "The four teams have chances in the future to win the title, and four teams will drop points between now and the end of the season," he said.
“"It is always difficult at the end of the season because there are a lot of teams in relegation positions who fight for every point. Ask Chelsea today what can happen away. We must just continue thinking about the next game.
“"It is very difficult for me to know what will happen in the future. What I know is that if we win our matches it will just depend on what we can do."”
The Daily Star offer a couple of ‘exclusives’ this morning, firstly reporting that City want to extend midfielder James Milner’s contract before the player jets off to this summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil. The Blues are looking to hold on to the Yorkshireman who has put in some of the performances of his career this season (most notably away at Bayern Munich) for another three years, keeping him at the club until 2017.
Steve Morgan also reports that Newcastle United are looking to bolster their defence with the acquisition of Micah Richards. The popular fullback’s season has been ravaged by injury with Richards making only nine appearances for the Blues.
“But Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will be able to offer £8million-rated Richards guaranteed games and will match his current £72,000-a-week salary if he joins Toon.
“England star Richards is out of contract next year and talks at The Etihad on a new deal have broken down.
“City have been linked with Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna, 31, who is out of contract this summer.”
Elsewhere, the Daily Mail have picked up on some quotes made by Txiki Begiristain in ‘Inside Manchester City’; an upcoming ITV4 documentary filmed behind the scenes at MCFC where City’s Director of Football expresses his belief that the Etihad Stadium is a happier place to be this season:
““We want to play good football but we also want to be happy when we are working. Manuel Pellegrini always helps us to make things easier and make us happy. We know the kind of football we want. There are some managers in the world who can apply this philosophy,” says Begiristain in the film.
“‘He [Pellegrini] likes to play attractive and brilliant football and he played wonderful football with his three clubs in Spain.’
“Begiristain hails the form of Dzeko, who has scored 21 goals this season including two in last week’s Manchester derby win at Old Trafford, as proof of Pellegrini’s magic.
“‘I am seeing a different player to the one when I came in one year and five months ago,’ said Begiristain. ‘The talent was there, all the qualities were there in this player but now he has the confidence from the manager.’”