Lambert: We come to the Etihad to win
- 07 May 2014 07:38
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
Another day, another big game as this season plays out its final few furlongs.
So, well, I’m not going to.
Instead, we’ll begin with Villa boss Paul Lambert, who is determined to throw a spanner into the wheels of City’s title-charging cart.
Which I’m sure is music to the ears of many at the opposite end of the M62.
The Independent quote Lambert as saying: “We're not going there just to make up the numbers, we're going there to try to win.
"You have to run a lot and run without the ball. We're going to have to work really hard without the ball but you also know you've got to try to win the game and that's what we're going to try and do.
"We'll go there now in a lot better place than we were before the Hull game."
There isn’t much else in the way of headlines surrounding this game – which may come as a surprise given its crucial nature and the stage of the season!
The Ivorian is enjoying a sensational season and the website reckons he could be the driving force to get City the points they need in the last two games.
The report reads: “Just like in their title winning season a couple of years ago, Yaya Toure is the central force in the Manchester City team and allowing City to pick up 3 points in a routine and professional manner that is so important at this stage of the season – his performance against Crystal Palace was a clear example of this.
“The Ivorian midfielder leads the goal scoring chart for City with 19 goals and has often fired them to victory during sticky situations. The clinical finishing that Toure has displayed for Manchester City shouldn’t be underestimated – the former Barcelona midfielder has scored all eight of his clear cut chances this season – no one else has a record like that in the league.
“His influence in the attacking third also stretches to orchestrater with Toure making the most accurate passes for City (1202) in the opposition half alongside 316 passes into the final third which dwarfs the rest of his team mates. With three points the only objective in the last two fixtures and no real concern over the performance that obtains them, Toure will play his part.”
Have I added to your nerves yet?
Thought so. I prescribe a healthy dose of transfer gossip to take your mind off things…
Welcome back Bacary Sagna to these hallowed media round-up pages. The Daily Star claims the Arsenal defender will not continue at the Emirates next season and will decide between City and Chelsea when his contract expires.
At least he knows to buy his children blue rather than red this summer if this report is to be believed!
Writes Nick Lustig: “Sagna's current deal expires at the end of the season and he has also already turned down offers from Inter Milan and Galatasaray.
“Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has made it clear he wants to keep the French international defender, 31, at the club - but is unwilling to offer a long-term deal for a player over the age of 30.
“And according to reports in France Sagna, who has become increasingly disappointed by Arsenal's failure to provide a suitable new deal, will instead decide over a summer switch to either Chelsea or City.”
Remember, when the transfer window does blow open this summer we’ll be first with any confirmed deals right here on mcfc.co.uk!