Battle of The Beasts
- 24 November 2013 09:51
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
Today’s clash with Tottenham could turn out to be a beastly affair.
Alvaro Negredo, recently christened ‘The Beast’ by City fans will come up against Spurs midfielder Sandro – also nicknamed The Beast – and of the two rivals, whoever wins their personal battle may also help their side to three points this afternoon.
It’s likely they won’t be stalking each other, however – there will be no beast-off as such – because Sandro only has eyes for a midfield duel with Yaya Toure while Negredo will look to outshine Lilywhites striker Roberto Soldado - a rival for a Spain World Cup spot.
Let’s begin with Sandro. Matt Law in the Sunday Mirror writes: “Yaya has been warned he faces a ‘Beasting’ today from Tottenham star Sandro.
“Brazilian Sandro claims he was nicknamed Beast by the Spurs fans because he wants to ‘run and kick everyone.’
“And the 24-year-old is relishing the prospect of going up against Manchester City powerhouse Toure at Eastlands.
“Asked how he feels about facing Toure, Sandro flexed his muscles for reporters and said: ‘Let’s go, I’m ready. He is strong, but I like challenges.’
“Sandro then described how he plans to overpower Toure by pretending to do press-ups and adding: ‘I prepare in the changing room, let’s go!
‘I feel good when people sing and the guys call me Beast. I want to run and kick everyone. The nickname started because I started to kick everyone in games. When I jumped with another player, I would win and this is how it started.’”
Hmmm... run and kick everyone? Duly noted - no doubt - by today's match officials! And while nobody doubts Sandro’s effectiveness, Yaya, as we know, can look after himself.
Elsewhere, Squawka.com have a fascinating analysis of international rivals Negredo and Soldado.
Illustrated with various charts and graphs, Tim Simon looks at how bath Spaniards have settled to life in the Premier League, writing: “As a result of Soldado dropping deeper, he has created 15 chances himself compared to Negredo’s eight but this doesn’t mean much when you consider Spurs’ measly team tally of nine league goals in 11 games.
“Negredo’s shot to goal conversion rate (23.5%) also trumps Soldado’s (18.2%) but the Spurs man has managed to hit the target with 55% of his shots compared to his counterparts 47%.
“The early season form of the duo can be summed up by the fact that Negredo has managed to nail down a place in the Spain squad whilst Soldado has been dropped from the squad completely.
"As these two meet on Sunday, all the pressure is on Spurs’ £26million man to find the goal-scoring touch that saw the North Londoners invest so heavily on him in the summer.”