Blues must be wary of Villa says Neville
- 06 May 2014 08:29
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
The fall-out of last night’s incredible Crystal Palace comeback against Liverpool is that the mind games will continue until the final whistle has blown in all the matches on the last day of the season.
While the Merseysiders’ title hopes took a major blow at Selhurst Park, don’t believe Brendan Rodgers’ comments that he has conceded the title to City – the Anfield boss would like nothing more than the Blues to walk out against Aston Villa believing as much.
The Liverpool Echo carry Rodgers’ words in their post-match report: “Man City, who face Aston Villa tomorrow night, need just four points from their last two games to win the title and though the race will go down to the final day of the season a crestfallen Rodgers admits the Reds' hopes of winning the Premier League crown have all but gone.
"Luis Suarez was reduced to tears at the full-time whistle and the Liverpool boss says his players have been left 'devastated' by the result.
'Yes, the title has gone for me,' Rodgers said. 'We needed to get the win to keep the pressure on City going into the Aston Villa game. I expect City to get the job done.'"
Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville succinctly suggests that City have to be on their guard against Paul Lambert’s side on Wednesday.
Correctly, Neville points out that Villa are one of the Premier League’s more unpredictable sides and, free from relegation concerns, could prove a tricky opponent.
"Aston Villa put in some daft performances, some performances that surprise you every so often. They are capable of it,” said Neville on Sky Sports.com.
"Aston Villa will be relieved. Those young players have been under pressure in these last few weeks. They could have gone into the weekend, lost the home game and if other results had gone against them they were under huge pressure.
"They'll have probably had a little bit of a celebration, I would think, on Saturday / Sunday which could help them in relieving pressure on Wednesday night. For Manchester City it's purely about them getting their minds right in the next two or three days and not thinking that the job's done.
"It's all transferred towards City. It's City's to lose now."
Wise words and no doubt the Blues’ will be well aware of what is needed on Wednesday and again on Sunday against West Ham.
Away from the speculation of what is still to come in the title race, Here Is the City carry an interesting opinion piece about the distribution of the individual player awards this season.
They write: “It's barely believable that Toure has been overlooked. Not only could he be this year's title-winner rather than Suarez but on an individual level he has scored 19 goals—just 11 less than Liverpool's striker—from midfield rather than the attacking front-line.
“He could yet finish the current campaign with many more too with City still to play two games before their season ends
“And while he too has scored less goals against the biggest teams—his only goal against the top four came against Arsenal—he was able to do far more to help his fellow players with his tackling, passing, assists, hard work and strength.
“During matches in which things didn't quite go his way, he focused on trying to inspire his team by leading by example.”
Every City fan is well aware of Yaya’s contribution - so enough said.
Finally, a little light relief.
You’ve got your Kiss Me Quick hat on, stick of rock and candy floss and you’re strolling along towards The Big One on Blackpool promenade when who should you bump into but one of the best strikers in the world – with a fishing rod.
Has Sergio Aguero really been angling off Blackpool Pier as he convalesced from injury? The Daily Mail and The Sun believe so
John Drayton writes: “According to The Sun, the Manchester City man enjoys a spot of angling to help him relax outside the stresses and strains of the game.
“He is now searching for some fishing hot spots around the North West, as City look to reel in the Premier League title in the next week (nicely done, John).
A source said: 'He's had a lot of bad luck with injuries and there's a lot of free time after rehab. He was encouraged to give it a go by a pal, but he didn't get off to a good start - he failed to land a single fish.
'Sergio heard about fishing off the Blackpool coast and it's a good way to unwind.'”
Hmm. Sounds a bit fishy doesn’t it…?