Nasri: Experience could make the difference
- 03 May 2014 08:40
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
Morning Blues, and welcome to E-Day.
Not sure that one’s going to take off, but I’ve heard City fans speak of little else all week, and finally it’s the day of the Everton clash. Any nerves out there?
One person who isn’t showing any at least is Samir Nasri, who has been talking of the history factor and how the similarities to the conclusion of the 2011-12 season could benefit the Blues.
The Daily Star quote the Frenchman as saying: "In that year, four games before the end of the season, United drew against Everton 4-4 and we beat Wolves, before playing United.
"It's the same kind of thing that's happening. Liverpool just lost a game at home, we won against Crystal Palace.
"Now we know if we win our games we'll be champions. We have this experience and Liverpool don't, and that can be good for us.
"We know how to deal with this. Liverpool have played really well but they don't have the experience. It could be the difference.
Let’s hope you’re right Samir…
At the other end of the M62, Roberto Martinez has promised Everton are not yet on their deckchairs and intend to finish strongly to give the home fans something to cheer about.
Think those home fans could be rather conflicted in what they want to cheer about, actually Roberto, given the effect this result will have on those on the opposite side of Stanley Park…
Martinez told the Daily Mail: 'It is important we give our fans a proper send off and make it a performance to remember.
“It is a very easy game to approach from our point of view.
“After seeing their (City's) performance at Crystal Palace we know we are going to face a tough team and this team seems ready to finish this season strongly.
“The last home fixture is always a special fixture so in that respect it is very easy - we are fully focused on hosting a really important game."
“It is against a team who are fighting for the title and it will be a phenomenal test and we want to finish really strongly at home.”
All eyes on Goodison later, then…
But don’t you worry, the trifling business of a dramatic title race on the home straight hasn’t deterred the usual snippets of transfer gossip from making the headlines.
Continuing a very Merseyside-flavoured media round up (and I promise I will try not to make a habit of it), Liverpool are keen on landing Micah Richards this summer to bolster their defence for the Champions League – at least, that’s if a report in the Daily Mirror can be believed.
The report reads: “Reds boss Brendan Rodgers believes Richards would be perfect for his squad as he can play right-back and centre-half, and only has one year left on his contract.
“The England star hopes that a fresh start will reignite his career and Liverpool are keen to extend their squad for the Champions League next season.
“The only stumbling block is whether City will sell Richards to a rival – and there is also interest from AC Milan and Tottenham.”
Speaking of right backs, Bacary Sagna has had a regular guest slot in the media round-up in recent weeks, and according to the Daily Mail, he’s eyeing a permanent role.
The paper’s David Kent claims that the Arsenal defender will hold talks with City once the FA Cup Final is out of the way.
Kent reports: “The Arsenal right-back is in the midst of a long-running contract wrangle with the club and looks almost certain to leave the Emirates Stadium this summer when his deal expires.
“Sagna is free to discuss a move to a Barclays Premier League club at the end of the season, and his intention is to discuss a potential switch to the Etihad Stadium.”
As ever, we’ll be first with any confirmed deals over the summer right here on mcfc.co.uk.
Well, less than 12 hours to go now, and on that note, I’m off to find my lucky socks…