Kolarov feeling confident
- Wed 14 Nov 2012, 8:36AM
- Posted by Nicola McCarthy
There seems to be a definite change in tone among City’s critics since the Blues staged that courageous comeback over Spurs at the weekend.
It certainly makes flicking through the back pages a bit more pleasant and dare I say it, positive.
A confident Aleksandar Kolarov grabs the headlines this morning with his assertion that the Blues can retain their Premier League title.
“Kolarov recognises Manchester City are there to be shot at as defending Premier League champions but is confident they have the resolve to retain their title,” reports Sky Sports News.
“Less than 24 hours after Manchester United had come back from two goals down to beat Aston Villa on Saturday, City were underlining the fact their neighbours are not the only ones with unbreakable spirit as they overturned Tottenham Hotspur's lead to collect three valuable points at the Etihad Stadium.”
Elsewhere, in an interview with sportinglife.com, Patrick Vieira has put the Blues struggles in the Champions League down to a lack of experience in Europe’s elite competition.
“Vieira feels the problem lies with City lacking a history of association with the UCL, something that is part of the fabric when it comes to the European heavyweights they have fallen short against” the website reports.
And City's football development executive believes Mancini's charges can take heart from the breath-taking manner in which they clinched the Barclays Premier League title in May as they attempt another feat of escapology.
“Without a win in their first four attempts, the Blues must beat Real at home and do likewise in Dortmund while hoping other matches fall in their favour.”
“The City boss is now tracking Berardi, who has scored three goals in 10 Serie B games for Sassuolo this season,” claims Zarif Rasul.
“The 18-year-old has garnered a lot of attention in Italy, with Serie A giants Juventus and Roma thought to be on his trail too.
“Manchester United were credited with an interest in Berardi earlier this year, and Mancini will be keen to make sure he beats City’s local rivals to the signature of one of the finest young forwards in Italy.”
Of course we will be following all the developments throughout the transfer window and will be first with all the news nexy year!