Dzeko should have won PFA award says Mourinho
- 11 May 2014 08:05
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
There’s plenty of ‘we’ll do it for Liverpool’ stories in this morning’s papers with Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan and Sam Allardyce all quoted in the Press.
In fairness, you are going to have many of the Hammers players revealing they want City to win ahead of such an important game!
The words are merely water of the proverbial duck’s back and, perhaps, added incentive for Manuel Pellegrini’s men to finish the job at the Etihad this afternoon.
One of the most interesting stories today is Jose Mourinho’s claim that a City player should have won the PFA Player of the Year this season and not Luis Suarez.
The Chelsea boss, always good value at his press conferences, didn’t go for Yaya Toure or David Silva, however. Mourinho, instead, went for Bosnia’s very own special one – Edin Dzeko.
"He bit (Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic) not this season but the previous season," he is quoted on Football365. "This is a different season. I'm not speaking about one mistake that a man can have. You don't have to be punished for the rest of your life if you make a mistake on the football pitch.
"(But) my player of the year would be always from the champions, in every condition. If the champion is Man City - they need a point - I would say a Man City player and if I have to choose one, I would choose Dzeko."
"The kind of player he is, he's not just a goal-scorer. He assists, he plays, he behaves, he's fair, doesn't dive, doesn't try to put opponents in the stands with accumulation of cards.
He was the third (choice) striker at the beginning of the season. He was hidden behind his manager's first choices and when the team needed him in crucial moments of the season, I think he made the difference
"In this moment I think he has 16 goals. Sixteen goals for the third striker is something spectacular."
Even more impressive when you add Edin’s other nine goals scored in various competitions.
Staying with unsung heroes, the man voted the MCFC player of the season for 2012/13 wins high praise in Here is the City who report: “However, it was the man who set up the first two goals in that vital win over Aston Villa - Pablo Zabaleta - who is the cream of the crop.
“Marauding down the right wing, the gritty and tenacious Argentina international is a joy to watch. Zabaleta has become a star at Manchester City and in the Premier League.
“It’s often said that modern day full-backs are better offensively than they are defensively, but the 29-year-old is the exception to the rule.
“Sunday’s game against West Ham United - the final fixture of City’s Premier League campaign - will see the former Espanyol star play his 48th game of the season. He has missed just three league matches, thus proving how integral he is to the club’s success.
“Seven assists, one goal, 88 tackles won, 84 clearances made. The numbers do not tell the whole story for the hugely popular Zabaleta.
“Despite a number of their core players – Vincent Kompany, David Silva and Aguero – having missed a combined total of 35 games this season, City are on the verge of Premier League glory. And it is because of Zabaleta, who has been the undisputed hero for the Citizens.”
We’ll finish today with words from our captain, who is interviewed by The Observer’s Amy Lawrence about his recollections of this day two years ago…
She writes: “What was happening was barely credible. New and powerful City, with the chance to win the Premier League title on home turf, were chucking it all away against opponents with the worst away record in the league and a man down after Joey Barton's red card.
“Kompany can now afford a wry smile. ‘It made me age,’ he says. ‘That's how stressful it was, but it still remains my best memory in football.'
“The end is enshrined in folklore. Everyone, including Kompany, piled forward. ‘It was a game for the strikers at that moment,’ he recalls. ‘Us defenders were just taking the ball and giving it back. In the last few minutes when everything happened I had to go forward. I still think with the dummy run I did something."
He then adds, with a note of caution: ‘If there is any moment I don't want to experience again in my life it is that. "With a league of 38 games, last year we were well beaten, so I can live with that. But if you throw something away that is a lot harder to live with.’”
Come on lads, bring it home…