Nasri: Yaya doesn’t get enough credit
- 04 March 2014 07:23
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
Even though the vast majority of the first-team squad has dispersed across the globe for the first international break of 2014, Sunday’s game is still at the forefront of the City-related headlines this morning.
Much of the attention settles on the potential effect winning the first trophy of the season will have on our title chances, with Wembley hero Samir Nasri stating his belief that his team can catch Chelsea at the summit.
Due to cup commitments, City will have three games in hand on the leaders when they return to Barclays Premier League action the weekend after next but the Frenchman is confident that the ground can be made up.
“I’m not scared about Chelsea or the league,” Nasri is quoted as saying the Daily Mirror. “There is plenty more to play and everyone is going to have difficult games.
“If we win our two games in hand, we are going to be top of the league but it’s better not to talk and to act on the pitch."
“We’re there in the league and if we win our two games in hand we will be top with Chelsea,” he said. “It’s going to be tough until the end because Liverpool are still there too.
“We also play Wigan at home in the FA Cup and that’s going to be a good time to have revenge for the Cup Final.
“We are all happy to win the League Cup. A final is a final, a trophy is a trophy, a Cup is a Cup no matter which one it is. Whatever Cup you play for, you want to win it, especially when you are a player. Trust me the League Cup is important for us.”
Nasri has also come out to talk up fellow goalscorer and close friend, Yaya Toure, putting forward the argument that the Ivorian is underrated outside of the club.
"He can do everything, he can score goals, he can defend, he can attack. When he gets the ball he is so powerful,” the Frenchman asserted.
"You should just admire the way he plays because he's a great player.
"I might be a little bit biased because he's my friend, but for me he's in the top three of the best midfielders in the world."
"A guy like Yaya, he [has] won every trophy, he is always there. Tell me one defensive midfielder who can go forward like him who can score 16 or 17 goals in a season. Tell me one and then we can talk."
One man outside of the club who seems to agree with Samir is Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp.
In his Daily Mail column, the former Liverpool man tells us why Toure is now in his top ten Premier League imports of all-time.
“Yaya Toure is a freak of nature,” Redknapp writes. “It feels wrong that he is so big and yet he can have such nimble, happy feet. He has the skill of Iniesta and Xavi, but the force and power of a racehorse.
“I don’t think I have ever seen another player like him. He is such a wonderful talent. He can bulldoze his way through an opponent or pass and move around him.
“These days, he is stronger going forward, scores goals (17 in all competitions for his club this season and 13 in the Barclays Premier League) and glides past midfielders and defenders. He looks like he is loving his advanced role and relishing his football.”
Finally, one snippet of transfer conjecture from the Mirror concerning Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko.
Journalist John Cross reckons that Inter Milan are interested in taking the 27-year old to the San Siro at the end of the season.
“The Italian giants believe they may be able to land the Manchester City striker as his contract expires in 2015, and the Capital One Cup winners may be willing to sell this summer,” Cross said.
“Bosnian Dzeko is not a guaranteed starter at the Etihad and Inter are hoping £15million may be enough to get their man.”
That’s all for today – don’t forget that mcfc.co.uk is the only place you can read confirmed transfer stories this summer.