Meaty in St Louis!
- 24 May 2013 09:11
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
The goals flew in during the St Louis friendly between City and Chelsea and the watching UK journalists have waxed lyrical about the Blues' performance.
Anyone thinking this would be a stale affair between two tired teams thinking about their forthcoming holidays were proved wrong as the two blues – one in navy, one in sky blue – served up a treat for the record Busch Stadium crowd.
Typical of the enthusiastic fare is the Daily Telegraph’s Mark Ogden , who reports: “There is nothing that American sports fans love more than a Comeback Kid, so Manchester City laid the perfect foundation for their move onto the US sporting landscape by overturning a 3-0 deficit to beat Chelsea 4-3 in St Louis.
“City, having unveiled their $100m move into the MLS by securing the ownership of the New York City FC franchise earlier this week, may be an unknown quantity in a nation obsessed by baseball, basketball and gridiron.
“But in front of a full Busch Stadium, City's second-half fightback - completed by Micah Richards' 92nd minute winner - will have done wonders for the club's brand recognition in the United States.”
The Daily Mail’s Ian Ladyman was equally fulsome in his praise: “In an interview published in England this morning, Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano said that his club will move in to the future playing attractive football and winning football.
“Here in America’s mid-west, they managed both in this thrilling friendly fixture as they came from three down to grab a hugely entertaining victory at the St Louis Cardinals’ splendid Busch Stadium.
“To say that City – coached by Brian Kidd in the wake of Roberto Mancini’s sacking – were the better team here would be an understatement.
“They played some terrific football in front of 48,263 people, especially in the opening half, and created a dozen good chances over the course of the 90 minutes.”
The question is, can the teams repeat this attacking feast in New York on Saturday evening? Let’s hope so…