Who will be left standing in Boxing Day clash?
- 26 December 2013 09:41
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
It’s the most eagerly-awaited Premier League fixture so far as City take on Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium and, understandably, it’s the match that gets the most attention in today’s headlines.
While Manuel Pellegrini has been praising Liverpool’s campaign so far, Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has been revealing how he plans to outwit his Chilean rival.
Paul Joyce in the Daily Express writes: "Liverpool are determined to ruin Manchester City’s perfect Premier League home record.
“Reds manager Rodgers has vowed that his side will perform with ‘no fear’ at the Etihad to underline their own championship credentials.
“City will be seeking to claim a ninth straight top-flight win in front of their own fans in tonight’s mouth-watering televised showdown and overtake league leaders Liverpool.
‘I believe with the squad they have, it is their title to lose. For us, we will go there and play our game,’ he said.
“Rodgers indulged in a spot of mind games by insisting the title is City’s to lose given their wealth of resources, but vowed his Liverpool side will not shrink into the shadows.
‘We arrive there with no fear,’ said Rodgers. ‘We outplayed them last year, home and away. We had two draws and should have won both games.
‘But we will go there with every respect for them. I believe with the squad they have, it is their title to lose. For us, we will go there and play our game.’”
In the Telegraph, Chris Bascombe continues the thread, with Rodgers aiming to follow Bayern Munich’s master plan to undo the Blues on their own patch.
He writes: “Although City have been unstoppable at home in the league, Liverpool may take some comfort from the defeat Pellegrini’s side suffered in Europe this season.
“Rodgers was at the Etihad when Bayern Munich outplayed City. ‘Bayern played with a three-quarter press that night,’ he explained. ‘They played with a controlling midfielder. Man City played 4-4-2, which was surprising on the night. They played two centre-forwards. Bayern had a holding midfielder, they had the quality and they got a result in the end.
‘All we can control is our game. This is a brilliant match-up. We have been in real good form, developing our football idea all the time. We go to a team that is full of quality players. It should make for a great game.’”
All the talking stops later today and the team who has either edged ahead in the table or remains in situ will arguably claim to have taken a slight edge in the title race…