Gritty City show form of champions
- Sun 30 Sep 2012, 8:49AM
- Posted by Mark Booth
How the media saw Saturday’s 2-1 win at Craven Cottage.
City delivered a first away win of the season yesterday and Dominic Fitfield of the Observer echoed Roberto Mancini’s sentiments, that the Blues are not too far away from their best form.
“The Manchester City machine is cranking inexorably into life. This was another performance delivered in fits and starts, with only flashes of the dazzle of which they are clearly capable, but the huff and puff was still rewarded late on,” writes Fitfield.
"A stodgy recent run of results has been checked and momentum has been injected into the champions' campaign. Roberto Mancini's bold pre-match insistence that his team "will win the title" for a second year in succession feels more plausible."
The Daily Star’s Paul Brown’s take on the game was that City showed the stuff of champions in coming back to win against a team with a great home record.
“A stodgy recent run of results has been checked and momentum has been injected into the champions' campaign. Roberto Mancini's bold pre-match insistence that his team "will win the title" for a second year in succession feels more plausible,” says Brown.
“If you want to win the league you have to win games like this and Mancini’s confidence looks easier to justify this morning after City completed a stirring comeback.
“Sergio Aguero pulled one back before half-time with his first of the season and Edin Dzeko sealed the win, coming off the bench to score with his first touch in the 87th minute, leaving them four points behind Chelsea.
“Nobody in the City camp will be getting too carried away after their recent form – but this could well be a turning point against a team who had not lost here since March.”
Meanwhile, Mancini has heaped praise on Carlos Tevez, stating that their working relationship is perfect. That’s according to The Sun.
“My relationship with Carlos is good. I am happy with the way we handled that," Mancini said.
“When we started the season this year he was serious and working well for the first time after four or five years.
“I was happy with his work in pre-season. He played in the first three or four games I am happy with him. These days we don’t talk about what happened in Munich. We have talked enough.”
The Manchester Evening News’ player ratings marked out David Silva and Gareth Barry as City’s two best performers.
“BARRY Maybe we saw what City have been missing this season, a fit, functioning Barry, because he made the difference 8.
“SILVA was brilliant at times, teasing and tormenting Fulham, somewhere near his best, and was unlucky not to score a couple 8.”
That’s your lot – join us tomorrow where attention will turn towards City’s humdinger of a Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund.