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Season 2015/16

Press react to Villa rout

  • 06 March 2016 08:48
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Unsurprisingly, the City-centric headlines make very pleasant reading this morning.

Following a 4-0 win, it's always likely they'll be packed with praise - and I'm pleased to report they are. So, what's being said?

Well, generally, the footballing world were impressed with City's display and - echoing Manuel Pellegrini's sentiments - feel they are still very much in the title race.

Goal.com's Sam Lee reflected: "On the back of three consecutive Premier League defeats that had left Manchester City's title hopes hanging by a thread, the visit of Aston Villa was regarded as the perfect opportunity for Manuel Pellegrini's side to reverse their fortunes. So it proved.

"City have so often been frustrated by well disciplined, hard-working teams this season and their two impressive victories - in the Champions League and League Cup final - that punctuated those three league defeats required top-quality performances. But Villa's best efforts were no match for Pellegrini's men on Saturday.

"With Tottenham and Arsenal drawing in the north London derby, Pellegrini's side have closed the gap on two of their title rivals already. 

"Too often this season City have not been good enough, but they were not required to be particularly good here. Villa are destined for the Championship and this was a case of the home side getting the job done.

"A victory was all that was needed and it has been delivered in comfortable circumstances. City now have a full week before their next game, the very winnable trip to Norwich City.

"They have the chance to win their first back-to-back matches since October - but the club's fans will know by now not to take much for granted this season.

Yaya group celebration

"Whether City can summon the spirit of 2012 and 2014 to roar back and win the title in unlikely circumstances remains to be seen, and those particular credentials will not be tested on afternoons like this."

Meanwhile, an article on Four Four Two's website reads: "Manager Manuel Pellegrini insisted this week that a title charge is still within his side's capabilities and they made the most of Tottenham's earlier draw with Arsenal with a ruthless second-half performance.

"City dictated proceedings but were frustrated by Villa's deep defensive approach in the opening period.

"Villa's resistance lasted until the break, but City, who had been laboured in attack until that point, struck three minutes into the second period when Yaya Toure finished a clinical move involving Aguero and David Silva."

Sharing his thoughts on Sky Sports' Soccer Saturday show, pundit Matt Le Tissier declared: "You knew once the first goal went in there'd be a landslide.

"It came on 48 minutes and 18 minutes later it was 4-0 and it was game over. In the big games this season Man City haven't been doing it - that's the key test for them.

"I wouldn't rule them out of the title race just yet."

The press also reserved acclaim for several individuals who produced fine performances.

Yaya Toure celebration

The Manchester Evening News were pleased with Silva's display, as James Robson wrote: "Merlin has struggled to reproduce his brilliant best this season - but against Aston Villa he showed glimpses of the magic that has earned him that nickname.

"His feint before laying off to Yaya Toure for Manchester City’s opener was a touch of class - and the type of composure his teammates had lacked for much of the game to that point.

"But even better was his one-two in the build-up to Sergio Aguero’s second - cutting open the Villa defence with his deftness of touch of vision.

"He will be vital to City’s title hopes."

Of course, Kun was singled out too. The Mirror dubbed him 'City's lethal weapon' in their post-match analysis.

The Daily Mail were also complimentary, stating: "Just as encouraging were improved performances from Yaya Toure and David Silva, whose combination play with Aguero for City's third goal was world-class.

"Even Raheem Sterling, the scapegoat for Wednesday's disappointing 3-0 defeat at Liverpool, looked lively when he came off the bench and his tap-in goal will have boosted confidence moving forward."

That's all for today. Do you agree with their thoughts? Let us know how you viewed the clash on Twitter @MCFC.

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