Fearless Blues can conquer Europe say journos
- 11 December 2013 10:10
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
City’s 3-2 win over Bayern Munich has understandably earned rave reviews in this morning’s Press coverage.
The victory in Munich has won widespread praise with Chris Wheeler in the Daily Mail typical of the reaction the Blues have received after putting the European champions to the sword.
Wheeler writes: “City will fear no one after this. It was the night Pellegrini’s side sent out a warning to Europe with a quite magnificent win that stunned arguably the best club side in the world and silenced the Allianz Arena.
“Two goals down to a rampant Bayern Munich and in danger of being overrun, City cleared their heads and fought back to claim a famous victory. The architect was James Milner, who set up the first goal for David Silva, won a penalty for the second and then scored an exquisite winner to cap a sensational turnaround.
“Milner would not have been playing had Pellegrini picked his strongest team. But effectively needing snookers to knock Bayern off top spot, and with one eye on Saturday’s clash with Barclays Premier League leaders Arsenal, he decided that discretion was the better part of valour.”
The MEN pick up on German reaction, so bullish after the 3-1 win over City at the Etihad, but less so after last night.
Quoting Süd Deutsche Zeitung, they relay: “At 8.57pm there seemed to be a good and a bad news for Manchester City. Good, they had already survived twelve minutes.
“The bad news, they had at least 78 minutes ahead of them with a questionable 0-2 score-line and the unsettling knowledge that their opponents had won 7-0 only a few days ago.
“But 78 minutes later, all their fears had evaporated, the British raised their arms and gazed at the scoreboard at a result that they had not thought possible: they had actually won in Munich!
“The Bavarians had actually lost: from this sensation, a second sensation revealed itself. It was only the third competitive match defeat in the 2013 calendar year, including the insignificant 0-2 against Arsenal in the Champions League last season and the 2-4 loss in the Supercup against Dortmund.”
Finally, The Guardian’s Barney Ronay has the last word: “Manchester City staged a remarkable turnaround in Bavaria, not only coming from behind to beat Bayern Munich but producing a performance of great assurance against a Bayern team that began like aristocrats but faded terribly as City took the points to finish second on goal difference in Group D.
“James Milner made two and scored one in the home of the European champions in a final hour that saw a weakened City team come from 2-0 down to win deservedly 3-2. It is a result and a performance that will give Manuel Pellegrini great confidence for the knockout stages.”
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