Press full of praise for City's classy display
- 05 December 2013 08:56
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
It’s always a pleasant job sifting through the media reports the morning after a good win on the road.
City fired three past West Brom, and although the Baggies struck twice late on Manuel Pellegrini declared the scoreline did not reflect what was an excellent performance at the Hawthorns.
The papers are full of praise for the team's display, so off we go with just a small selection....
First up Stuart Brennan, writing in the Manchester Evening News, explains how City banished recent away day troubles with a first half showing that oozed class and yielded two fine goals.
Writes Brennan: “With just one win from their previous six league games on their travels, there were a few hardy souls who braved the M6 who wondered if the Hawthorns might prove a tad prickly.
“It still needed a Toure penalty to be sure, as the Baggies hit back with a lucky Costel Pantilimon own goal and a late, late strike from Victor Anichebe, but the three points were rarely in doubt.”
Elsewhere, the Daily Telegraph’s report claims that City have given weight to Jose Mourinho’s recent comments that the Blues will go toe-to-toe with Chelsea in the battle for the Premier League title.
Reports John Percy: “Mourinho’s claim that Manchester City are Chelsea’s biggest title rivals was emphatically underlined as Pellegrini’s team finally discovered the formula to transport their effervescent home performances to an away ground.
“In front of Goran Ivanisevic, the former Wimbledon tennis champion and West Bromwich Albion supporter, City wrapped up game, set and match within the opening 25 minutes to secure only their second Premier League win on the road this season. In an excellent first-half performance, this was travel slickness.
“Sergio Agüero enhanced his chances of being named the player of the year with another marauding display, collecting his 17th goal of the season, while the return of Vincent Kompany after more than two months provided his defence with the solidity and assuredness they have been lacking.”
Finally for now, the Daily Mail highlighted the importance of Vincent Kompany’s return to the back four, as well as the contribution of the man of the moment, Sergio Aguero, up front.
The Argentine has been attracting plenty of attention and column inches in recent weeks, and last night’s display was no exception. Aguero netted his 17th goal of the season and proved a menace throughout, while Kompany’s comeback is expected to herald a new solidity in defence.
Neil Moxley writes: “The Belgium international has long been considered a talisman among a galaxy of stars and with him back in the ranks, there was little chance of Steve Clarke’s team adding to their impressive list of scalps.
“It also helps when you have a player such as Sergio Aguero at the very height of his powers. It has been suggested he is the third best player on the planet. With 17 goals in all competitions this season, that claim has to be given serious consideration.
“And the crispness of his ninth-minute finish that set City on their way was a case in point.
“The opener owed much to the tireless running of Pablo Zabaleta. A ball was played up to Edin Dzeko just inside West Brom’s penalty area. Centre-half Jonas Olsson made the mistake of allowing the Bosnia international to turn.
“That allowed him to wait until Zabaleta had galloped down the outside of Liam Ridgewell. His pull-back to Aguero was swept home with the kind of confidence that befits a man who appears comfortable with every facet of his game.”
Happy Thursday, Blues!