Berkovic on his 'greatest goal' v Norwich
- 11 March 2016 12:08
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
City’s trip to face Norwich City on Saturday brings back a very happy memory for one former fans’ favourite.
Eyal Berkovic joined the Blues in 2001 and played under Kevin Keegan for three years before joining Portsmouth.
The silky-skilled play-maker proved an instant hit with a goal and an assist on his debut against Watford and played 57 times, forming a sublime midfield partnership with Ali Benarbia before falling out of favour with Keegan and eventually moving on.
Arguably his greatest game came when City took on Norwich at Maine Road in January 2002.
Then in the second tier, Berkovic put City – who had seen Danny Tiatto sent off after just 11 minutes - ahead before the Canaries levelled. Paulo Wanchope restored the Blues lead but Norwich piled on the pressure looking for an equaliser.
After yet another attack, keeper Carlo Nash found Berkovic on the left wing and the Israeli burst forward leaving defenders in his wake before dropping his shoulder and firing home a superb goal.
Now living back home in Israel, Berkovic recalled: “I think it’s the best goal I ever scored in my career.
“To take the ball from the halfway line and go past three or four players before scoring our third goal was special for me because we were under pressure and down to ten men at the time.
“I scored a few good goals for City but this was one of my best.”
Eyal revealed it was an especially sweet moment for him as his mother had come to Manchester for the first time to watch him play, adding: “It was a proud day for me. She didn’t come over that often, maybe once or twice a year but that was the first so that goal was for her.
“She said afterwards that she was surprised because she said I normally scored one goal not two goals! I said why is that a surprise?
“Afterwards, my best friend in Manchester – an Israeli guy – came to see me and showed me £3,000 in his pocket.
“I asked him what it was and he said ‘Listen, I put a bet on in the stadium before the game for you would score twice and City win 3-1 and that’s what happened. He didn’t share it with me though!
“Hopefully we can get three more points this Saturday.”
Look out for Eyal's derby preview and view on David Silva next week...