Jovetic: Eight finals by the end of the season
- 05 April 2014 08:05
- Posted by @roline_mcfc
Another weekend, another must-win game for City. So what are the media saying ahead of the Blues' Premier League clash with Southampton...?
Ben Jefferson writes: "The Montenegrin took to Twitter on Friday to urge the Citizens to get a result against the Saints but appeared to play down the significance of a potentially title-deciding clash against Liverpool next weekend.
8 finals by the end of the season...Tomorrow is the first one and most important ! COME ON CITY !!! pic.twitter.com/5aZy8dadb2— Stevan Jovetić (@stevanj35) April 4, 2014
"Jovetic has endured a difficult first season at City after making the move from Fiorentina in the summer. Despite missing a chunk of the season with injury, Jovetic says he says no regrets about moving to Manchester.
"Earlier this year, he said: 'I do not regret my choice. Of course these last four, five months were difficult because I did not play, picked up some injuries, but it's all in the past now.
'I never doubted my abilities in the difficult times. I knew I could play on this team but I have to prove it.'
"And it now seems Jovetic's faith may be rewarded with a Premier League title, but only if they overcome Liverpool next weekend. Or, as Jovetic sees it, Southampton on Saturday."
Surely our JoJo has a point. Every game is crucial and we can't afford to be singling out individual matches as 'bigger' than others... We have to aim to win them all!
On another note, here's hoping he can put his injury worries behind him now as the season enters its home stretch.
"Joe Hart and Rickie Lambert will face each other as Premier League players and England internationals when Manchester City play Southampton at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday," declares Dawson.
"But one of the first things the pair talked about when they met up at their first England training camp was their battles in League Two.
"Hart and Lambert faced each other three times in 2005 playing for Shrewsbury and Rochdale respectively. And Hart, who was a teenager when he broke through at Shrewsbury, still remembers the clashes, during which Lambert scored past him three times, nearly nine years later."
Quoted in the article, Hart states: "As soon as I saw Rickie, it was the first thing I spoke to him about. I remember playing against him and Grant Holt up front for Rochdale.
"One game, they each banged two in and beat us 4-3 on a frozen pitch. They were good times. I'm really, really pleased for Rickie. He's a fantastic player, a great person. When you see someone doing as well as he's done, it's a great thing for all of us."
I hope you leave that friendship in the tunnel today though, Joe!
Elsewhere in the news, Richard Beech and David Dubas-Fisher of the Mirror have decided to analyse what the partnership of Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo would have done in comparison to Liverpool's Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, had both City players avoided injury this season.
They write: "There was a significant stretch of the season when Manchester City's star strikers were firing in goals for fun, establishing their club as Premier League title favourites in the first half of the season.
"Since Luis Suarez's return from early season suspension, he has formed a prolific partnership with Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge, and the pair are the first and second Premier League top scorers respectively.
"But, if both the Suarez and Sturridge partnership and the Aguero and Negredo partnership had managed to play every single game in the 2013/14 season, which would finish up with more goals?
"To find out, we took goals scored while both players of each partnership were on the pitch this season, and did some sums to project this over a period of 38 games. The results are surprisingly close.
"First of all, we take a look at each partnership's goals per-game ratio, and there's very little in it. SAS have a ratio of 1.68 goals per-game, while AAN have a ratio of 1.59.
"We can then use this data to see how many goals this would result in over a period of 38 games. Suarez and Sturridge, if fit for an entire season, could expect to score 63 goals between them. Aguero and Negredo are marginally behind SAS, with a projected total of 60 goals over 38 games."
"So, it's close, but SAS are narrowly in front."
Well, thanks for that. Any chance you could tell me lottery numbers for tonight as well?
And finally, no media round-up concerning City could be complete without a snippet of transfer speculation. Today, talkSPORT are the ones to provide it, claiming that City are considering a bid for Paraguayan forward Oscar Cardozo.
An article on their website reads: "Cardozo’s name has been a fixture of transfer rumours for years now, so it’s no surprise to see the Benfica striker linked with a move this summer.
"Back trouble has plagued the Paraguayan this season, which would perhaps explain the rumoured €15m price tag on his head, a particularly low figure for a forward capable of scoring 30+ goals in a season.
"Comments from the player’s agent insinuating he could leave Portugal have added fuel to the fire. The striker’s contract with Benfica runs until 2016."
So, where have they got this information that City are supposedly interested? It's mentioned in the intro ("Manchester City could be preparing a move for Benfica striker Oscar Cardozo, according to reports in Portugal") but there doesn't seem to be any evidence to back that statement up... Hmmm.
That's all for today! Check back to mcfc.co.uk tomorrow morning for post-match reaction and more City-related media stories.