Nasri backs Blues' title credentials
- 17 March 2014 07:42
- Posted by @NieldyMCFC
City’s title ambitions were dealt a much-needed shot in the arm following the crucial victory at Hull on Saturday lunchtime; a game with enough talking-points to keep the media machine going for a least another week. Here’s Monday morning’s round-up…
““When your captain gets a red card, you just want to show that you can do it without him as well for him,” explained Nasri. “You want to fight to the end and that’s what we did.
““It was good to show everyone that we are back on track and that when everyone plays for the team, it doesn’t matter if we have 10 or 11 men, we can win games because we have quality.”
““David Silva had a great game. His goal was beautiful and the assist as well.
““But I think we are a team with plenty of players and if you want to win the league, then you have to think about the team rather than just one player who can make a difference.
You cannot win a title with just one player.
Samir also backed City’s influential captain Vincent Kompany who saw red following a controversial incident involving the Tiger’s Nikica Jelavic with the Manchester Evening News’ Stuart Brennan adding:
““Again, it was a mistake from an official because the first foul was on Vinny and he took a red card, so for 80 minutes we played with 10 men,” said the French ace. “The first foul was from Jelavic on Vincent, and he was just trying not to let him go one-on-one with Joe (Hart). Of course it’s a foul, but the first foul was on Vincent.”
“He was fine to be honest. At half-time we were winning 1-0 so it was up to us to continue to run and defend the way we did with 10 men,”
““He’s a guy who is always going to fight for the team. He has the passion and he likes to talk as well.”
You have some leaders who lead with the way they play and some with words, but Vinny can do both.
““That’s why he’s the captain - he’s a natural leader. He’s not captain of City and the Belgium national team for no reason.””
Kompany will be suspended for the Blues’ home clash against struggling Fulham on Saturday however The Telegraph report that the skipper’s reaction to his sending of could draw retrospective action from the FA and a further ban:
“Kompany, was shown a straight red card by referee Lee Mason after just 10 minutes when the defender hauled down Hull’s Nikica Jelavic, denying the Croatian forward a goalscoring opportunity,” writes John Culley.
“It left City with 10 men for most of the match and the Belgian, who complained to Mason that he had been fouled by Jelavic, risks having a mandatory ban extended after he was caught on film making a rude gesture to the fourth official as he left the pitch. He then kicked out at a wall as he disappeared down the players’ tunnel.”
The game’s other big talking point was the fierce coming-together of Joe Hart and George Boyd following an incident in which the Hull man sought a penalty kick from the on-rushing challenge of City’s number one.
In the Daily Star, the Tiger’s winger believes City were lucky to not end the game with nine men, however video replays depict that Boyd wasn’t completely without guilt in the altercation, appearing to spit in the direction of Hart as the two clashed.
“Slow-motion video replays appeared to show Boyd spitting in Hart's face as the pair squared up but Hull manager Steve Bruce insisted there was no intent,” reports James McMath
“The FA have confirmed they will wait for referee Lee Mason's report before deciding whether to take any action against Boyd. If Mason did not see the alleged spit, then Boyd could be punished.”
We’ll be back this time tomorrow morning with all the latest City gossip from the media world...