Belief in the Blues is catching on
- Mon 07 May 2012, 9:19AM
- Posted by Tim Oscroft
City fans are daring to dream after that potentially epoch-making win on Tyneside, and this latest story of the Blues inspires some worthy reading today.
The Mail's Martin Samuel has kept a keen eye on City over the last few years and has been one of the more rational voices to be heard.
Critical at times and praising when he felt it necessary, Martin's views on City have always been worth a look and this morning's reflections are worth your time.
"It is in weeks like this that the mettle of title contenders is tested and, obviously, this was virgin territory for many in Mancini’s team. Even a draw in either game would probably have done for City’s chances and with the score at 0-0 there must have been fear that this would be the stumble for which tormentors were waiting.
And then Toure scored. More than that, really, he passed it into the net from 20 yards, cool as you like. Shelling peas.
...Samuel on City
"Maybe a few seasons at Barcelona helps, or maybe he just hadn’t read the script, not realised that in moments such as this, the City player is supposed to fall over his own feet, leading to a counter-attack and a Newcastle goal."
There are match reports by the dozen scattered all over the web today, which is a day where the UK written press comes into its own with reflective pieces like the one above and from another big-hitter of the press box.
The Independent's James Lawton admires the way the expensively-assembled City squad dug deep when the big moment came, epitomised by Yaya Toure's brilliant opening goal.
"You expect such fine quality in a team that has cost as much as City, but in the overheated economy of football something that can never be taken at face value is competitive character.
"It has always been the most demanding requirement of City manager Roberto Mancini as he juggled, sometimes desperately, his resources. However, yesterday, and largely thanks to Touré, he must have felt like a master puppeteer utterly in charge of his act."
Of course nothing is set in stone yet, and the Irish Independent picks up on the fact that QPR could spoil City's plans next Sunday.