City keep faint fire flickering
- Tue 05 Mar 2013, 8:31AM
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
City’s third-successive win and clean sheet dominates the headlines you’re waking up to this morning.
The common consensus seems to be that while City were far from their sizzling best, they did more than enough to see off the challenge of Paul Lambert’s men at Villa Park.
Respected European football correspondent Andy Brassell was on duty for ESPN and his verdict was in keeping with these sentiments.
“When Tevez gave City the lead in first-half stoppage time it was via a combination with Dzeko, with the former dribbling round Guzan to finish nervelessly after being fed by the latter,” Brassell wrote.
“Ciaran Clark and Fabian Delph complained to referee Mike Dean that the Bosnian had fouled the dawdling Villa skipper in the build-up - but without any real conviction, in the manner of a child trying to scam any extra half-hour in front of the television before bed.
“It was a poor manner to allow one of the division's genuine powers to break them, nevertheless, it had been coming.
“The last ten minutes of the half had seen Villa suddenly under siege, a passage of play signalled when Zabaleta made a trademark run inside before Guzan superbly tipped his shot onto the inside of a post and away.
“At the first sign of City showing their admittedly considerable teeth, the home side had curled up into themselves.”
Elsewhere, the Manchester Evening News runs with a picture and video spread from Real Madrid’s training session at the Etihad Stadium yesterday – the story is worth checking out if only to see Cristiano Ronaldo in a hat that wouldn’t look out of place on a French patisserie chef’s head.
They of course take on Manchester United in the Champions League this evening.
In other news, Charles Sale reports in today’s Daily Mail that a host of Premier League stars are being lined up for a televised Ryder Cup-style golf tournament.
“The Professional Footballers Golf Tournament at the renowned Shadow Creek course over three days starting on June 16 will need marquee football involvement to make it a success,” Sale reports.
Finally, we know that Diego Maradona has never been shy of an opinion or two but City supporters won’t take kindly to the former Argentina boss musing on the prospect of Sergio Aguero leaving Manchester for Real Madrid.
"Kun is the solution for the future of Madrid, and for Ronaldo, the perfect complement,” El Diego said.
“Sergio is pure movement, while Benzema and Pipit [Higuain] are two tanks that may impressively drag the defence, yes, but collide with CR7.
“It would be spectacular [for Aguero to join Real]. I see him in Madrid, although it is true that right now he is very happy at City, very happy at the club.
“But if you live in Manchester it is like living in a freezer.”
Perhaps that final line is something we can all agree on.