There's always a Silva lining!
- 21 November 2012 09:33
- Posted by David Clayton
You can’t move for stories about Jose Mourinho and his verdict that the Blues will not progress in this season’s UEFA Champions League.
This is a story we broke yesterday evening – as many websites did in fairness – so it’s quickly become old news. Besides, everyone’s entitled to their opinion and it’s not exactly a shocking statement, is it?
A more positive outlook on the situation can be found in Vic Holly’s piece in The Sun. He focuses on City’s long-term aspirations, using David Silva’s quotes in a fairly upbeat feature.
He writes: “David Silva has told his Manchester City team-mates to be patient in their bid for European domination.
“City face a must-win clash at home against Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid tonight and for a second season in a row, Roberto Mancini’s team of superstars have a fight on just to stay in the Champions League.
“Only a win against the nine-time winners will be enough to save them for an early exit. Silva, who was linked with a move to Real Madrid in the summer, admits City are rookies when it comes to the Champions League.
“But he said: ‘Three years ago we struggled to get into that competition. Now we are required to win it — but we must have patience. We know that so far, we should have done better in Europe but we can only look forward.
“On his decision to snub Real to stay put at City, Silva added: ‘I am very happy in Manchester. I’m one of the leaders and part of a team. When I play here, I feel very important. Everything works well here and I am happy, so I renewed (my contract).”
The Times’ Tony Barrett claims the Blues are adopting the approach of the underdogs for this evening’s clash with Madrid – though he also highlights two other teams who started their group matches as poorly yet still qualified for the next phase.
However, whether those teams had teams like Madrid and Dortmund among their number is doubtful!
Writes Barrett: “Only two teams – Lokomotiv Moscow in 2002/03 and Porto two seasons later – have recovered to qualify for the round of 16 from the sort of plight City are in.
“Anything less than a win tonight will result in City exiting the competition at the group stage and even a victory may not do anything other than delay the inevitable.”
Ah, well, as we said at the start - football's all about opinions...