Silva: We are better than United
- 21 March 2014 07:52
- Posted by @roline_mcfc
As the weekend inches closer and another crucial Premier League fixture draws near, what 'news' is making today's headlines?
Well, let's start with the Express, who report that midfield magician David Silva has stoked the fire ahead of next week's Manchester derby, claiming that City are currently "better" than their city rivals.
According to Richard Tanner, Silva stated: "At the moment we are better but in any derby, anything can happen. We have won there in the last two years, and hopefully this will be the third one.
"It's a very important game obviously because it's a derby but also for our title hopes. We have to go there to play how we know we can play and try to win.
"We know if we win all our matches we will be champions but we have to take things match by match. First we must think of Saturday. All the matches now are like finals and we have to win them all.
"Having our destiny in our own hands is a very good situation to be in but it could also work against us. In this league, every game is difficult and it's important to keep your focus.
"It happened to them [Chelsea] and it has happened to us - every game is difficult and anyone can beat anyone. This is why you have to fight all the way to the end in every single match.
"I hope we win the Premier League. Two trophies for Pellegrini in his first year would be a good year. I thought we were slightly unlucky in the Champions League against Barcelona but the FA Cup defeat to Wigan was a big disappointment for us.
"But after the last game at Hull, the team have the confidence back we had four weeks ago. It was a good game for me personally and it was a difficult game for us with 10 men. We were able to turn it around and hopefully it's the start of a good end to the season for us."
Here's hoping you're right, Merlin!
Elsewhere, there's transfer gossip on offer as the Mirror have declared that City are interested in Argentine goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli and... Luis Suarez?!
"Rulli plays for Estudiantes in his homeland and is attracting interest from some of Europe's top clubs," Ed Malyon scribes.
"The 21-year-old has just 31 first-team appearances under his belt but has already broken an all-time club record by going six-and-a-half games without conceding, and Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Porto are also monitoring his progress.
"Manuel Pellegrini's side are making a more concerted effort to tap into the South American market and have watched several of the continent's biggest talents over the past twelve months including playmaker Angel Correa."
And Paul Gorst claims: "Despite seeing Suarez sign the £200,000-a-week deal late last year, City still feel they can snare the Uruguayan away from Anfield, and director of football Txiki Begiristain has held preliminary talks with the player, according to Spanish publication Marca.
"It is unlikely that the Reds are willing to sell Suarez as they gear up for Champions League football next term, and City might have to bid upwards of £70m if they are serious about landing for the 27-year-old."
Wow. Well, we'll have to see how that one pans out!
In other news, Yaya Toure's face will be plastered all over New York today as the Ivorian's advert for World Oral Health Day 2014 is released.
Toure is this year's ambassador for the Dental World Federation (FDI) and is playing his part in helping to promote healthy smiles. Two adverts (one of which is an outtakes video) will be broadcast 20 times on the Nasdaq screen in Times Square. There will also be a press conference held in London to mark the occasion.
You can watch both videos below:
Staying in New York and the headlines are dominated by the unveiling of the first official NYCFC badge.
A whole host of media sources covered the story and all seem impressed with the symbolism within the design.
MLSSoccer.com wrote: "After a fan vote lasting three-and-a-half days that saw more than 100,000 NYCFC fans make their voices heard, the MLS expansion club on Thursday announced it has adopted the subway token-inspired logo designed by New York-based artist Rafael Esquer, who created the other final entry.
"Per to the club's release, the winning badge is inspired by the old New York City Subway token, created by the Transit Authority in 1953 and used for 50 years as the standard fare for a ride. The last version of the token had a cut out pentagon in the center representing the five boroughs.
"A similar such pentagon appears on either side of the monogram so as to reinforce the club’s connection to the entire city. The circle is also a symbol of unity, wholeness and infinity.
"The badge features the typeface Gotham, a wholly American font inspired by the city’s signage. Born out of an in-depth study of building lettering in New York City, the monogram reflects the rich graphic language that is so much a signature of the five boroughs. The colors navy blue, white and orange are drawn from the New York City flag.
"In a statement, Claudio Reyna said: 'Given the significance of a club’s badge and what it means for a team’s identity, it was important for us to have our fans included from the beginning – a commitment that we’ve made from the start. Thanks to the voice of our fans, we feel that we have a design that truly represents our club and our city'."
That's all for today! Check back to mcfc.co.uk at the same time tomorrow for more City-related media speculation!
There is still time to get your tickets for this Saturday's Premier League clash with Fulham - and after last week's heroic win over Hull, the Blues are looking to gather momentum as the title race enters the final lap.
Three points are vital against the Cottagers and you can make the difference.
A capacity Etihad Stadium in full voice will be the perfect fillip for Manuel Pellegrini's side with Fernandinho dedicating the victory at Hull to "our fantastic fans" that helped the 10-man Blues edge over the line at the KC Stadium.
Make the difference this weekend, too - be there and get behind the lads! Get your tickets here.