Mirror: Hart backing 'killer' Aguero
- 05 February 2016 06:17
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
Joe Hart is backing club team-mate Sergio Aguero to outshine international team-mate Jamie Vardy in Saturday’s top-of-the-table clash at the Etihad.
A win over Leicester will send the Blues to the top of the Premier League and the battle of two of the Premier League’s in-form strikers could decide the outcome of the game.
Hart, unsurprisingly, is tipping Aguero to tip the balance City’s way.
The Mirror report: “Joe Hart has hailed Manchester City star striker Sergio Aguero as a “killer” on the pitch ahead of Saturday’s title showdown with Leicester.
“City host title rivals Leicester in the early kick-off at the Etihad Stadium in a game that sees the Premier League’s two most in-form strikers go head-to-head.
“Aguero has seven goals in his last six games, while Leicester’s Jamie Vardy goes into the game on the back of his stunning goal-of-the-season contender against Liverpool.
“City keeper Hart admitted they will have to be at their best to stop Vardy, who has 18 goals this season to Aguero’s 17, but backed his team-mate to prove his enduring class.
“Aguero scored in the 1-0 win at Sunderland in midweek which kept City just three points behind leaders Leicester.
“And Hart paid tribute to the prolific Argentina international by saying: ‘He’s a phenomenal player, he’s a killer. He got one chance, stuck it in the corner and won us the game.
“City managed to keep Vardy quiet in a 0-0 draw at Leicester just after Christmas, and Hart said they can do the same again.
“Asked how they will deal with the former non-League frontman, Hart said: ‘The same way we dealt with him when we played at their place.
‘He’s a top player and he’s really on top of his game at the moment, but we’ve got the same and we look forward to the challenge.
‘He’s doing well, but we’re going to look to stop him.’”
Also in the Mirror, Claudio Ranieri says Vardy can’t ne compared to Aguero unless he repeats his exploits from this season for the next few years.
The report reads: “The Leicester boss still believes his 18-goal striker cannot rank alongside Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero until he enjoys more sustained success.
“Asked whether he would prefer Vardy or Aguero, Ranieri replied: ‘Both - they can play together!
‘But Aguero is a guarantee. Every year he’s at the top. This is the first time for Jamie.’
“The pre-season relegation favourites are three points clear with just 14 games to go as they head to the Etihad.
“But Ranieri said: ‘Manchester City are built to win the title and their main objective I think is the Champions League.
‘I picked David Silva up from the youth team to the first team when I was at Valencia. He is a very dangerous player but City have so many dangerous players. You can play the perfect match and they can beat you because they have magicians.’”
Meanwhile, the Daily Mail’s Ian Ladyman writes about the fixture congestion that could derail City’s attempt at a domestic clean sweep of trophies. Not to mention European aspirations.
Focusing on the problematic timing of the FA Cup fifth round clash with Chelsea, he writes: “Now the Football Association have informed both clubs that the plan is to play the game the following day in the BBC’s Sunday slot at 4pm.
“This has upset Pellegrini as his team fly to Ukraine the next day for a Champions League game on the Wednesday in Kiev, then face Liverpool in the Capital One Cup Final the following Sunday.
“Pellegrini understandably believes this scheduling leaves his team at a serious disadvantage in Europe and at Wembley. If the FA Cup fixture date is confirmed on Friday — as expected — Pellegrini will probably play a weakened team in the game, something the Chilean has never done in the competition before
“City’s suggested solution to the problem was to play the FA Cup game in the BBC’s other live slot on the evening of Friday, February 19 and it is understood this point was made when brief communication took place between the clubs and the FA after the draw last week.
“However, that idea would not have had much support from Chelsea, who play their own Champions League last 16, first-leg game at Paris Saint-Germain the previous Tuesday.
“City’s stance is that their travel time for Kiev is much greater than Chelsea’s to Paris and that their case is therefore deserving of greater understanding.
“City will certainly be upset that their hopes in Europe are set to be put at risk. This has wider relevance as the Barclays Premier League’s fourth qualifying spot for the Champions League will be in jeopardy if English clubs do not perform well this year.”
The window may now be closed, but the Blues are still big news when it comes to speculative transfer ins and outs this summer.
Forza Italian Football fan the flames by reporting: “Inter, Roma and Juventus and eyeing a summer move for Manchester City full-back Aleksandar Kolarov.
“The 30-year-old former Lazio defender joined the Premier League side in 2010 and signed a new deal in 2014 to keep him at the Etihad Stadium until June 2018, but did state last summer he would like a return to Serie A one day.
“Now according to Calciomercato.it, Inter and Roma will make a move for the full-back if they qualify for next seasons Champions League, while the Old Lady will look to capture the Belgrade born defender if a renewal cannot be agreed with Patrice Evra.”
That’s all for today – more City-related news and gossip tomorrow…