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City duo included in L’Equipe’s 2013 World XI

  • 28 December 2013 08:50
  • Posted by @markbooth_mcfc

The votes have been counted and verified, and respected French football publication L’Equipe has revealed their team of 2013.

Unsurprisingly, five Bayern Munich players feature in the XI after the German giants claimed the treble but only two Premier League players made it… Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure.

L’Equipe received no less than 72,000 votes in the poll and the full XI is as follows…

Neuer, Lahm, Kompany, Thiago Silva, Alba, Ronaldo, Schweinsteiger, Yaya Toure, Ribery, Muller, Messi.

That side might take some beating…

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Meanwhile, with all of the football recently, the January transfer window has been largely forgotten even though it opens in just under 72 hours.

It’s refreshing to see football dominating the headlines for once, especially when that involves reports on City wins, but one transfer rumour involving the Blues has managed to dig its way into the inside pages of the papers today.

Spanish newspaper Marca yesterday reported that Valencia could be preparing a bid for Edin Dzeko – that’s if billionaire Peter Lim’s proposed takeover of the club goes through.

If you speak Spanish (or can use Google translate), the full story is available to read here – for the rest of you, there's a Daily Mail report here based on Diego Stang’s story.

Back to football and City are in action this afternoon when Crystal Palace are the visitors to the Etihad Stadium.

Manuel Pellegrini’s men are heavy favourites to win and top the Premier League (for 24 hours, at least) but Scottish international Barry Bannan reckons that the Eagles can cause an upset.

“These are the games you want to be in the league for - big games, big occasions, and we’ll go there with our confidence sky high after the win over Aston Villa and hopefully try to get something, and a bit of credit as well,” Bannan told London 24.

“I think you treat it as any other game. Obviously you’re underdogs, nothing’s expected, so you’re going out there with a freedom to get something. There’s a different pressure which hopefully we’ll thrive on and give them a game.

“Anything can happen on any given day in this league and hopefully there’ll be a shock when we go there.”


We’ll have our usual text and audio commentary from that game in the Match Day Centre on the site this afternoon where I’ll be asking you for your favourite City goals and matches of 2013.

Simply tweet us with the #cityview hashtag and I’ll post some of your “best of 2013” tweets in the commentary.

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