Telegraph: City prove title credentials with Arsenal display
- 15 December 2013 08:57
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
The papers make very pleasant breakfast reading for City fans this morning, as the press pour out the superlatives to describe Saturday’s emphatic win over Arsenal.
Meanwhile, Jason Burt of the Telegraph saw enough to convince him that City are favourites for this season’s Premier League title.
The Etihad crowd have already witnessed 35 goals in the league this term and the performances have matched the goal tally for excellence.
Burt writes: “This is Manchester City’s Premier League title to lose. No one will come close to them if they can maintain this irresistible form – and translate some of it to their away matches.
“This was power play, football ballet, choreographed ingenuity, off-the-cuff brilliance. And a little bit of hubris as they were caught out, on occasions, by Arsenal’s defiance.
“City ripple with a goal threat and their attacking interplay at times is mesmeric with Pellegrini urging them on to score more goals. And even more.
“It was difficult to keep count on occasions as City started at a bewildering, dominating pace and appeared determined to maintain it. Sensing Arsenal’s trepidation, they attempted to blow away their opponents with the kind of performance that will resonate. And lay down a marker.”
Reports Daniel Taylor: “By the end, it had begun to feel like an illusion that this is an Arsenal side looking down from the top of the Premier League. Manchester City, looming in their wing-mirrors, had made them look ordinary, in keeping with every team that has visited their ground in the league this season. Eight games, 35 goals – and now a full-on dismantling of the side that boasted the best defensive record in the league before this game.
“Pellegrini was still not fully satisfied, on the basis they had conceded more goals in one match than the previous seven fixtures at this ground. Yet the more relevant fact is that on each occasion Costel Pantilimon picked the ball out of the net it was out of keeping with the natural pattern of the game. Arsenal scored three – but each time it came as a jolt.
“There was plenty to encourage City about their chances of catching, then overhauling, Arsenal in top position. Fernandinho, with his first City goals, played what Pellegrini described as "the perfect game". Yaya Touré was magnificent, bar an uncharacteristic mistake for Arsenal's first goal, and David Silva demonstrated why there was a banner inside the stadium reading: "Silva es Magico".”
Finally, Vincent Kompany has been speaking of the importance of maintaining this dazzling home form when the Blues travel to Fulham next weekend.
In a week when City have defeated the European Champions and the Premier League leaders, the skipper is keen to put down an even bigger marker by ensuring the Blues leave London with all three points.
"I think at home we have proven that we are an incredibly tough team to beat and we can score goals of course," Kompany told BT Sport.
"It was a great game for the fans and it was just end-to-end and at times the tempo was frightening.
"We looked to be in control of the game for the most part of it and there were a lot of stand-out performances obviously from our team but collectively I think we've done incredibly well."
He added: "The biggest message is if we win the next game which is Fulham away.
"Those are the games that are very difficult for us. Home games we'd like to challenge anyone and like you see today it is a real fortress here."
Long may that continue, I say!