Ivory towers set to clash
- Sat 15 Dec 2012, 9:03AM
- Posted by David Clayton
Cheick Tiote versus Yaya Toure, Cristiano Ronaldo and Vincent Kompany’s prestigious selection are our topics for Saturday morning’s Press round-up.
With the Blues aiming to return to winning ways at Newcastle in today’s early kick-off, well begin with the battle of two friends who will both aim to drive their team towards victory today – Tiote and Yaya.
The Daily Express reckon the victor of that particular individual duel is likely to also end up on the winning team, though more cordial rekations will resume after the final whistle.
Niall Hickman writes: “Tiote, nicknamed ‘The Animal’ by his Newcastle team-mates, cannot wait to get stuck into Manchester City’s man-mountain Toure, who he has known since they were boys growing up in Africa.
‘Tiote said: “He’s a great player. It is always so difficult to play against him and we have to stick together as a team to cope. I’m very excited to come up against him.
’I spoke to him last week and we do talk on a regular basis. I have known both Yaya and his brother, Kolo, for many years.
‘I first met Yaya when I was very young in the Ivory Coast and I grew up with him. When he was younger he was smaller but not as broad. Now he is big and tall and very powerful. He is much bigger now and it will be very tough against him, even though he is a very humble person.
‘He is playing in a different position to where he has played in the past. He is a lot more forward than he used to be when he played in a more defensive position like mine. But it’s not all about Yaya for City – they have so many excellent players’.”
The same paper carries a very tenuous Cristiano Ronaldo story, too, though after reading it, it’s hard to see where the thread has actually come from, as there’s nothing of any substance contained within.
Nonetheless, Charles Perrin writes: “Manchester City will have to spend big if they are going to land Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo.
“Ronaldo, who joined Real for a world record £80m fee in 2009, has become increasingly unhappy with life at the Bernabeu even though he is considered alongside Lionel Messi the best player in the world.
“The Portuguese talisman has been courted by a number of clubs in recent weeks, most notably affluent French side PSG who are looking to sprinkle more stardust to their glittering squad. AS suggests it would take a bid of £160m to prise Ronaldo away from the Bernabeu.”
Hmm… a story out of nothing, it would appear – so why include it? Well, it proves how easy it easy to add two and two and get 31 on a quiet day!
So we’ll end with a factual story about skipper Vincent Kompany who, Give Me Football’s Pete South reports, has won a place in the most prestigious team on the planet.
He writes: “Just one Premier League player, Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany, has made it into the World Soccer Team of the Year, which has been announced today.
“The magazine’s XI, voted for by a team of journalists, coaches, officials and former players from around the world, is led by Ronaldo, Radamel Falcao and Lionel Messi, who also scooped the World Soccer Player of the Year prize.
“Kompany captained Manchester City last season as they claimed their first league title in 44 years at the expense of rivals Manchester United on the last day of the season.”
Well done, skipper.