Unbeaten Blues under fire
- Sun 11 Nov 2012, 9:09AM
- Posted by David Clayton
The Blues may be enjoying their second best start ever to a Premier League campaign, but you’d never know it if you read today’s papers.
In a rather disappointing collection of opinions and features this Sunday, it’s fair to say that the majority of media coverage on City centres almost entirely on Roberto Mancini with the well-used phrases ‘under pressure’ and ‘cracking up’ overused and, frankly, a little predictable.
True, City haven’t been at their best in the Champions League this season but then, Rome wasn’t built in a day and given the quality of Group D, would any of the English teams in this season’s competition have done much better?
We may never know the answer to that, but looking at other groups, it’s hard to imagine City wouldn’t be sat at the top of most of them. But this is overlooked, of course because it doesn't make a good story.
In what appears to be a Tevez column in The Sun, the City striker says: “There is a saying that is the same the world over, whether it’s in Argentina or England — the table doesn’t lie.
“So when we look at our Champions League group and see just two points from four games, you can’t disguise the position we’re in.
“But when I look around the City dressing room, I see a team of champions. And I see a team of fighters when we’re backed into a corner.
“It’s going to be tough to get through to the knockout stages but we must draw strength from the memories of last season.”
The January transfer window is countable now in days now rather than months and speculation of who City may bid for is rife.
Birmingham’s goalkeeper Jack Butland is the latest name to be added to an already lengthy list of names linked with the Blues, as The Sunday Mirror’s Alan Nixon reports: “Manchester City will make a new bid to sign Birmingham City’s young England keeper Jack Butland in the transfer window.
“Roberto Mancini plans to grab the big shot-stopper for around £6million and possibly loan him back to the Blues to keep him sharp and playing every week.
“Butland was close to leaving St Andrew’s in the summer after starring for Great Britain at the Olympics. However his valuation was too high – and Lee Clark did not want to sell.
“But now the auction has calmed down and City hope they can do a deal at a proper price to recruit Butland as cover and long-term competition for Joe Hart.”