We all stand together, says Lescott
- Fri 26 Oct 2012, 8:13AM
- Posted by David Clayton
With the Ajax fall-out still dominating the back pages of Friday’s papers, there’s not a great deal of positivity flying around.
Roberto Mancini is the subject of a number of articles, with the European disappointment still getting plenty of column inches.
It seems the man who has brought the Blues three trophies in two years, including the FA Cup and Premier League, is in the spotlight at the moment, but he has broad enough shoulders to take the flack flying around.
At least the Sporting Life go for an upbeat post-mortem in their feature on Joleon Lescott. The England defender has his own thoughts on why City haven’t quite clicked on Europe’s biggest stage yet – and it makes for interesting reading.
“One area of concern has been the form of the defence with the usually formidable Vincent Kompany below his best and Lescott in and out of the side.
“But Lescott said: ‘It is one of those things. Last season we were scoring at will and not conceding many goals. We got a lot of plaudits so, rightly so, we are in for criticism now because we are conceding more goals.
“‘As a team we are not overly enthusiastic with the way things are going but we are getting there. It is a slowish start for us this season, but we are still in the top three of the Premier League and we are still in with a chance of qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League.
“‘On paper it looks great, but paper doesn't win games does it? We need to put it in. We win and lose together.’”
Hopefully, we’ll see the reaction to this painful loss against Swansea on Saturday and people will start to smile again…