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Viva Zabaleta is the cry

  • 26 April 2012 08:52
  • Posted by Peter Ferguson

So what's new in the media? If you're an avid reader of mcfc.co.uk - and you are, of course you are - then the answer to that one is: Not a lot.

The trouble with starting to preview a game a week early is that you soon run out of fresh material, which is where your friendly neighbourhood website comes in handy.

The Biggest Derby Ever (official) isn't until Monday, but daily stories need to be filed, so David Clayton and his magic pass into Carrington are just what the sportsdesk ordered.

Dave's interview with Pablo Zabaleta has provided much-needed sustenance, with Zaba insisting that City are "ready to grasp their opportunity to claim the title," as skysports.com re-tells it.

They downgrade the BDE to merely "the most eagerly-anticipated derby match in decades", in keeping with the channel's renowned low-key approach, but they know a tale when they see it.

The Zaba quotes they like? "We've never stopped believing in ourselves, but to be honest, after the Arsenal defeat I thought our chance had probably gone.

Pablo Rain

"We've been five points clear before so we know how it feels, but United losing against Wigan and dropping points at home to Everton shows that in football you have to believe, because you just never know.

"If we have another chance for the title, it's because we deserve it. We've kept going and we will continue to do that and see what happens."

Nice one Dave, we expect the cheque's in the post ...

The Biggest Derby Ever is dominating sports sites around the world, courtesy of Reuters, but in south-east Asia they're also excited at the prospect of City playing a Malaysia XI on tour.

The New Straits Times even tries for a hard news line: "National coach Datuk K. Rajagobal brushed off fears that the back-to-back matches against Arsenal and Manchester City, slated for July, would affect his team's focus and preparation for the AFF Cup."

Apparently, "his team's failure to overcome Singapore in the World Cup qualifiers last July was largely due to their involvement in exhibition matches against Arsenal and Liverpool."

Ah, but wait. "Those matches might have affected my players. We, however, have enough time to prepare for the AFF Cup, as it only starts in late November," says Rajagobal, possibly rolling his eyes.

 

I want my team to use this opportunity to learn from City. It is not always that we get a chance to play against a top club

On the transfer front, the Mail's Chris Wheeler says City and United "face another battle after Lille confirmed that Eden Hazard will leave France this summer.

"Tottenham are also chasing the Belgian ... but Manchester remains his most likely destination, with England's top clubs ready to compete for the £30million-rated attacking midfielder." 

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