Mourinho claims City have been 'lucky'
- 01 February 2014 08:10
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
Another January transfer window has been and gone.
City have been linked with a whole list of names during the last month, ranging from Manuel Neuer to Ravel Morrison, via Isco, but after all that the Blues have made a grand total of zero signings.
Zilch, zip, nada.
It would seem that Manuel Pellegrini is satisfied with the side that have scored 115 goals so far this term, are still alive in four competitions and sit top of the Premier League going into this weekend’s fixtures.
Rob Dawson writes: “It is understood Porto demanded £34m for Mangala and £12m for Fernando, despite the Brazilian midfielder only having six months left to run on his contract.
“It prompted to City to walk away, preferring to wait until the summer to strengthen their squad.
“City are expected to make a fresh bid for 26-year-old Fernando in the summer when he can move to the Etihad Stadium for nothing.
“But it's understood their interest in 22-year-old Mangala has cooled slightly after Porto asked for such a huge fee.”
As ever, if any deals are confirmed in the summer you can read about them on mcfc.co.uk first!
Anyway, now that the window has slammed shut (or rather, gently closed) we can return to the actual business of football matches.
I’m sure you haven’t forgotten it’s 1st v 3rd when Chelsea visit the Etihad Stadium on Monday night (although Arsenal can regain top spot – at least briefly – if they can beat Crystal Palace on Sunday).
Jose Mourinho has had a dig at “lucky” City in his pre-match press briefing, and was scathing of Tim Sherwood’s suggestion that City “are on a different planet”.
The Chelsea boss is quoted in the Express as saying: “Maybe, for the Tottenham manager, the planet is England.
"You will see (how good City are) in the Champions League. You will see in a couple of months.
"They are lucky. The reality is they have many crucial decisions in their favour.
"In their (City's) case, they have everything in their favour."
Miaow. Looks like Jose has already done Pellegrini’s teamtalk for him then.
Reports Will Jamieson: “After Chelsea’s midweek goalless draw with West Ham at Stamford Bridge, a match they dominated possession and had a staggering 39 shots in, Jose Mourinho accused West Ham of playing “19th-Century football” and claimed he would need a “Black and Decker tool” to breach the Hammers’ dogged defences.
“However with a match against free-scoring title rivals Manchester City up next for Chelsea, he may just need to adopt such ‘park the bus’ tactics he was so quick to condemn to keep City out.
“City have scored a massive 33 goals in just nine games in January, and Mourinho won’t want to join a growing list of teams, which includes Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United, that have fallen victim to City’s imperious goal scoring form at the Etihad."
...Will Jamieson, the Independent...
“Few leave the Etihad without a mauling these days, but if the prospect of retaining top spot was not enough incentive for City, the title favourites go into this match with the added spice of revenge on the agenda.”
Whatever happens, it’s sure to be a tasty encounter…
City take on Sunderland in the Premier League on Wednesday 12 February in what will be a dress rehearsal for the Capital One Cup Final in March.
Can the Blues avenge the Stadium of Light defeat earlier this season? A night match under the lights at the Etihad and a preview of the forthcoming final - demand is expected to be high as Manuel Pellegrini's side attempt to continue their incredible run.
Don't miss out - ticket details can be found here...