Mail: Navas could be the difference maker at the Etihad
- 22 September 2013 08:27
- Posted by @mccarthy_mcfc
With just hours to go until the 166th Manchester derby, there’s no shortage of Blues news doing the rounds this morning.
Over the past few days, journalists around the country have attempted to pick out the key men in this historic clash and today it’s the turn of City wing man, Jesus Navas.
“Under previous manager Roberto Mancini, Manchester City did not use out-and-out wingers, their wide players David Silva, James Milner and Samir Nasri often cutting inside,” writes Joe Bernstein.
“But all that has changed with the arrival of Navas from Sevilla, an old-fashioned winger who clocked 10.8sec for 100 metres.
“Navas is possibly the one signing that highlights Manuel Pellegrini’s desire to change City’s style from the Mancini era.
“The Spaniard will be expected to supply ammunition from the flanks so City’s star strikers can fire.
“One player can make the difference — it could well be Navas.”
Although the two teams will do battle on the pitch today, they are also apparently set to go head to head over Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta.
“Iniesta has put Manchester United and City on alert by rejecting a new contract at Barcelona,” claims the Daily Star Sunday.
“United boss David Moyes, who takes his side to the Etihad today for the Manchester derby, has been trying to sign a playmaker.
“And City already have close links to Iniesta through Sporting Director Txiki Begiristain and CEO Ferran Soriano - who were with him at Barcelona.
“The Barcelona superstar is understood to be disappointed with the new terms he has been offered at the Nou Camp.”
Finally, as Manuel Pellegrini prepares for his first derby at the helm, The Guardian havs put together an interesting piece on how the Chilean has made his mark on the club thus far.
The article, which is well worth a read, can be found here: http://www.theguardian.com/football/2013/sep/21/manchester-city-united-new-managers