UEFA: Kompany happy with a point
- 14 October 2014 08:01
- Posted by @roline_mcfc
I'm pleased to announce there are plenty of City-related tales making headlines this morning.
So, what stories can I bring you to satisfy your appetite?
Well, following last night's 1-1 draw with Edin Dzeko's Bosnia-Herzegovina, Belgium's Vincent Kompany has declared himself satisfied with the result, but has also bemoaned his side's lack of accuracy.
Quoted in an article on UEFA's website, the City skipper felt the Red Devils perhaps should have turned one point into three with the chances they had, but enjoyed the contest overall.
"The tempo went up and down and the counter attacks were always sharp and dangerous, but it was a good match and a good result for us," he conceded.
"We try to pass the ball around a bit quicker than most but in matches like this, sometimes it's very difficult to dominate possession. I had played here twice before and it was never this good.
"Next time, if we finish better, we will probably win a bit easier. I'm convinced it's a good sign that we continue to create these chances, though.
"It's a really hard away game this, believe me. And if you create good chances in a match like this, in the style that we did it, then that's important. It was an OK performance."
On the topic of Dzeko's goalscoring exploits, Kompany admitted the feeling was somewhat bitter-sweet.
"I was afraid that Edin Džeko would score from a corner or something because he was my man to mark," he smiled. "Of course it's a team sport; I congratulate him, but I'd prefer he did it on Saturday!"
So those are Kompany's thoughts... what about our Edin's?
Well, the Bosnian Diamond was also pleased with a point, reflecting: "It was a very open match and we played very well – all of us.
"A draw was probably a fair result, I am happy with how the team played. It gives me hope that we can be more successful in the coming matches."
Though the Spaniard admits the London outfit have strengthened well, he also suggested the league's unpredictability will ensure Jose Mourinho's side will encounter problems at some stage.
"Chelsea have made great transfers - they have a great team; a great squad," Silva stated. "But it doesn't mean things are going to be easy, especially in England."
El Mago also features in the Manchester Evening News, who have devised a poll which asks: "Who was Roberto Mancini's best City signing?". Guess who's been chosen...
Richly deserved too.
In other news, there are a few snippets of transfer speculation for you to ponder over...
Let's start with talkSPORT, who report alleged City target Oscar de Marcos has signed a new contract at Athletic Bilbao. (I didn't even know he was an alleged City target!)
An article reads: "City have been keeping an eye on his progress in La Liga. But now Bilbao have convinced De Marcos to commit his future to the club with a three-year extension, which takes his current deal up to 2019, now signed and sealed.
"In addition, the Spanish club have included a £31.5m minimum fee release clause in the deal – so potential suitors will have to break the bank to land him."
And finally, there's a single line in the Daily Express which insists: "Manchester City have joined the battle with United to lure Cristiano Ronaldo away from Real Madrid."
However, there is quite literally no evidence present to back up this argument so I wouldn't get too excited if I were you!
That's all for today. Come back to mcfc.co.uk again tomorrow morning for another round-up of City-related stories. In the meantime, have you seen who has won our Player of the Month award for September?!