The song remains the same for Maradona
- 04 March 2012 09:56
- Posted by Peter Ferguson
Ah, Sunday. So nice to relax with the papers and a cuppa, catch up on old chums ... and now here comes our No.1 Argentinian fan Diego to bring a little rain into our day.
He's dashed from the wireless to file this despatch: "Diego Maradona claims son-in-law Sergio Aguero made a mistake in signing for Manchester City and should leave for Real Madrid.
"Maradona, speaking to Argentine radio station Radio La Red, believes Aguero, 24, married to his daughter Giannina, should have held out for a switch to the Bernabeu.
"The Al Wasl coach also adds that Madrid themselves made an error allowing Aguero to leave Spain as to buy him back from City would cost even more due to his success in the English game."
He quotes Maradona: “Kun [Aguero] has to play for Real Madrid. If he signed for them, it would be his big break. Even though he is flying at City, the best thing would have been to sign for Madrid. He made a mistake.
Now, as he is doing so well, it will be difficult to get him from City
"They will want to keep him because Roberto Mancini has him very much in his plans. However, if Madrid want someone, they get them."
Diego sees Aguero as the perfect signing for Madrid to close the gap on Barcelona and prosper in the Champions League, adding punch to the attack. Well, he'd know all about that ...
Another old friend of the club has quickly become a successful pundit, and Gary Neville has turned out to be a fair-minded and knowledgeable critic both on TV and in print.
So it's worth taking notice of his Mail on Sunday column, in which he argues that today's fixture between Tottenham and Manchester United is the key game in the title race and not the derby.
After that, reckons the former England full-back, the run-in is much tougher for the Blues than the Reds, so the difference between a two-point lead and a five-point cushion is immense.
He writes: "We used to say in the dressing room: ‘We have to be at it, today.’ A match like Wolves away, against a side who are struggling but fighting for their lives, is one where, if you are ‘at it’, you’ll win.
"But any complacency and you’ll get a shock and be punished. And so City’s run of away games at Swansea, Stoke, Norwich, Wolves and Newcastle is hazardous."
Nobody said it was going to be easy, Gaz. And United have another tough away game in April ...