Press praise Saints as City earn point in Southampton
- 08 December 2013 09:25
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
Manuel Pellegrini declared that a draw was a fair result after yesterday’s clash with Southampton, and there is plenty of praise for the Saints in this morning’s reports.
The Blues opened the scoring early on through Sergio Aguero – who else? – but were pegged back by a Dani Osvaldo stunner.
The Guardian’s Paul Doyle was quick to endorse the manager’s point of view. He writes: “Do not underestimate Southampton. The temptation is to concentrate on the shortcomings Manchester City showed after taking an early lead, but that would be to neglect Southampton's role in a rousing comeback.
“City, so imperious at home, have now won two of eight away league matches this season but such was the style of Southampton that Manuel Pellegrini was not as upset about this result as he was with previous setbacks on the road.”
In the Mirror, Peter White highlights City’s bright start which yielded a goal within ten minutes, but like Doyle was impressed by Southampton’s grit as they sought a comeback.
White reports: “Alvaro Negredo had already passed up a decent chance when Aleksandar Kolarov raced away down the left, cut effortlessly past young Calum Chambers, deputising for Nathaniel Clyne, and delivered the perfect cross for Aguero to beat keeper Paulo Gazzaniga with a sweet left-footed effort.
“With Yaya Toure controlling midfield, City looked well in command, but Saints have already shown this season that they are no longer a team that just submits after they have fallen behind.
“They showed patience and composure as they began to stamp their authority, almost inevitably inspired by skipper Adam Lallana, who seems to be strengthening his claims for a place in the England World Cup squad with every appearance.”
You can read what Pellegrini made of the performance in full here, or get James Milner’s verdict here.
Finally, there’s a short report from the Daily Star linking Aguero with a big-money switch to Real Madrid.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.
Oh. Well, just briefly then.
The story claims that the Spanish side have valued Sergio at £60million, following an incredible start to the season in which he has netted 18 times in all competitions and has been attracting plaudits around the globe.
Steve Millar reports: “Aguero, 25, has set the world alight in his short City career and Real are determined to sign him.
“City boss Manuel Pellegrini has hailed Aguero as the best player in England and says his striker has targeted becoming No.1 in the world ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
“Real have long been admirers of Liverpool ace Luis Suarez but Aguero now tops their wanted list.”
Of course all this is just paper talk, and any confirmed ins or outs at the club will appear right here on mcfc.co.uk first.