Zabaleta: Blues have title momentum back.
- 27 March 2014 07:35
- Posted by @NieldyMCFC
The fall-out from the Blues’ stunning Old Trafford victory on Tuesday night rumbles on in the pages of the media this morning…
City’s latest goal-rout against their local rivals has already been well-documented, but this morning’s reports carry comment from individual Blues’ stars who contributed to another famous win in the 167th edition of the Manchester derby.
Two-goal hero Edin Dzeko believes City’s third consecutive win at Old Trafford (the first time the Blues have attained such a feat since 1972), means there can be no doubt which side has the upper hand in Manchester. Mark Odgen quotes the brilliant Bosnian in his Telegraph report:
““It was great for the fans to be at Old Trafford and to celebrate again.
We are happy for them because a derby is something special and we showed them again who is the boss in the city,
We could have scored another two in the first 30 minutes but we controlled the game. It was all about us. It could have been more but we were happy with 3-0.
In the same write-up, skipper Vincent Kompany offers an air of caution as to the Blues’ title chances, insisting that no one should get carried away with the derby victory:
““Every single win at Old Trafford is one of things that goes down in history,” the City captain said. “We look forward to those kind of games so when you win them it’s special.
““This is just one little step. The other teams are still very good and games have to be played. As long as we don’t have the points, I don’t consider ourselves there yet.
““With the game against Arsenal, obviously it’s good in a way, because you don’t have to make a big effort to get the lads focused again after the United game.
““But who doesn’t have momentum at the moment? Liverpool has momentum, Chelsea has momentum, I guess we have momentum so let’s see on Saturday and let’s make sure we keep our chances always big.””
It was a trademark all-action display from Pablo Zabaleta on Tuesday night. The Argentine full-back is no stranger to being on the receiving end of the occasional heavy challenge in games, nor is he afraid to dish them out on occasion either (see our Zabman video compilation), but even Pablo took exception to a pair of dangerous challenges from United’s Danny Welbeck and Marouane Fellaini.
““The first one was a very dangerous tackle by Welbeck and I was very lucky to be honest because I could have broken my leg. The second one was an elbow by Fellaini. That was also a red card, but at the end of the day we should respect the referee’s decision,” offers Zaba, again in the Telegraph.
The City hero is also quoted closer to home in the Manchester Evening News claiming that after a rocky February, the Blues have their title mojo back:
““Defensively we are keeping clean sheets, and that is something that has made the team better – we know we have enough quality up front to win games, and that we can score at any moment in games,”
““It’s been important that we got our momentum back. It’s also important that our strikers are coming back to their best form, and that they keep scoring goals.
““Edin was fantastic and scored two goals, the midfield has been brilliant at supporting the defenders and attacking, and the back four has been fantastic again.
We know if we play as a team we can beat anyone, and that win at Old Trafford was important.
Elsewhere, rumours of Arsenal’s Bacary Sagna making the move north in the summer continue to gain momentum as the Mirror report that contract negotiations between the Gunners and the French star (who is a free agent at the end of the season) have broken down.
“While no offer has been made yet, (City) are considering making him their latest signing from Arsenal,” reports David Anderson.
“The Mancunian Blues have nabbed Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy, Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Adebayor from the Londoners in recent years, and now Sagna is in their sights.
“It would be a hammer blow for Arsenal to lose another player to City - especially as Sagna is such a popular member of the squad - but he has grown frustrated at not being offered more than another two years by the club that's been his home since joining from France's Auxerre in 2007.”