Blues can overcome Barca...
- 17 December 2013 09:23
- Posted by @mccarthy_mcfc
Two months will pass before the Blues face Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League round of sixteen, but already the papers are full of projections and predictions.
After yesterday’s draw, there is a definite feel of optimism in the air when it comes to City’s chances of overcoming the La Liga champions, which makes for very pleasant reading indeed.
Alan Smith of the Telegraph is just one of many journalists who has thrown his weight behind Manuel Pellegrini’s men who he believes have every chance of winning the battle with Barca.
“The tie of the round as the only one matching up two potential champions,” he writes.
Whoever wins it, therefore, will feel they can go all the way. And City need not be fearful.
“Yes, Barca can be frightening on the front foot, especially if Lionel Messi has returned by February, but they can be vulnerable at the back. How much longer, for instance, can the great Carles Puyol continue?
“And manager Tata Martino is nowhere near as experienced as Manuel Pellegrini who will hope Alvaro Negredo and Sergio Aguero can make a big dent in that Barca defence.”
Here’s hoping, Alan!
With Sergio Aguero ruled out for at least a month with a calf injury, there is thought that Stevan Jovetic could make a timely comeback against Leicester in the League cup tonight.
“Hamstring and calf injuries have restricted Montenegro striker Jovetic to only five appearances since his £22million move from Fiorentina in the summer,” reports the Express.
“But he hopes the Capital One Cup quarter-final tie at Leicester will prove the platform for a belated lift-off for his City career.
“His return comes just as Aguero - who has scored 19 goals this season - has been ruled out of the busy Christmas and New Year period after tearing a calf during the demolition of Arsenal on Saturday.
“Joe Hart is expected to return in goal for tonight's game.”
“Nigeria wonderkid Kelechi Iheanacho is set to jet into England to seal a deal with Manchester City ,according to reports, “writes Rob Dawson.
“The 17-year-old striker, who has also been linked with Manchester United and Arsenal, was preparing for next month's African Nations Championship but has reportedly left the training camp to conclude a deal with City.
“Iheanacho was named player of the tournament at last summer's Under-17 World Cup, scoring six goals, including one in the 3-0 win over Mexico in the final, as Nigeria lifted the trophy.”
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