Guardian: Watch out for City in title race
- 01 March 2016 09:13
- Posted by @timoscroft
As the dust settles on City’s Capital One Cup win, thoughts are turning back to the pursuit of the Premier League title.
Don’t forget that the Blues are back in action on Wednesday night against Liverpool – probably sick of the sight of us after Sunday’s penalty shoot-out.
The Guardian’s Danny Taylor casts his eye over the title race, principally on Leicester and Tottenham’s chances, but he doesn’t forget City’s title credentials.
“There is still the lingering threat posed by Manchester City in fourth place, nine points off the top. City’s position may seem irretrievable but they have a game in hand and on the previous occasion they won the Capital One Cup they stormed their way to the league title with a 29-point haul from their last 12 games.
“The difference is they had two games in hand in 2014 and only six points to make up but, having beaten Liverpool at Wembley on Sunday, Manuel Pellegrini’s team have some forward momentum again for meeting the same opposition at Anfield on Wednesday.”
Rather than wallow in the glory of securing more silverware, several Blues pop up in the media today with their minds focused on the rest of the league campaign.
Pablo Zabaleta features in several outlets, but the Manchester Evening News’ Stuart Brennan sums the Argentine’s thoughts up neatly.
“Nine points behind the leaders with 12 games to go? We've been here before, says Pablo Zabaleta.
“’There are still 36 points to play for in the Premier League, which is a lot of games’.
“'We were in this situation before, a few years ago. When we won the league that we were about eight points behind the leaders, and we still have a game in hand.'”
And it seems that common sense has prevailed over a minor “what if?” story from Sunday’s cup final.
Yaya Toure, you’ll remember, whipped off his shirt when celebrating his cup-clinching penalty and technically could have been booked by referee Michael Oliver for doing so, earning a second yellow and therefore a red card in the process.
However the Daily Mail reports that, “Had Oliver applied the letter of the law, he ought to have issued Toure a second yellow card for removing his shirt as he wheeled away in triumph after stroking the winner past Simon Mignolet.
“However, Sportsmail understands the Football Association is satisfied that Oliver took the common-sense approach given the nature of the incident and the fact the game had finished.”
And that's the end of that!