Express: Mourinho still upset with FA ruling on Toure
- 15 February 2014 08:13
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
Ahead of tonight’s FA Cup clash with Chelsea, we welcome one Jose Mourinho back to the media round-up.
Something tells me he might be a regular visitor for some time yet.
No animals or motorised vehicles this morning, because he’s reserving his ire for the FA on this occasion, after they decided not to charge Yaya Toure following last week’s draw at Norwich.
(Which seems ages ago following the midweek postponement, if I am being completely honest.)
While the Chelsea boss accepts City have other players his team will need to watch out for, he reckons Yaya could be important to the outcome of this cup tie.
He is quoted in the Express as saying: “Of course it is not just a question of stopping Toure. He is a great player, but City are good all over. You close the right side and Aleksander Kolorov makes fantastic crosses from the other. You have players like David Silva there. They are good at everything.
“Is Yaya Toure important? Yes. He’s so important that the FA decided he has to play in this game.”
Elsewhere, Alvaro Negredo is looking forward to the summer – and with the recent British weather, I’m sure he’s not the only one.
The striker has been in spectacular form in his debut season in a City shirt, and is hoping that he has done enough to convince Spain manager, Vincente Del Bosque, that he should lead the line at the World Cup in Brazil.
The Manchester Evening News quote Negredo as saying: “It would be fantastic to be the centre forward for Spain in the World Cup. But there is a tremendous competition.
“You can only do your thing, play well, score goals and hope that the coach has an eye on you.
“I have adapted very well to England, both on and off the pitch. Yes, the weather is not like Sevilla, it rains a lot. This winter has been awful, but life is quiet and the people are very respectful.”
Ahead of Tuesday’s showdown with Barcelona, he adds: “At this point in time the Premier is stronger than La Liga. The football here is much better organised, and the finances much sounder.
“It is harder to beat West Brom or Sunderland than a Spanish side from mid table. The gap between Barcelona, Real, Atletico and the others has become too big."
“Here all the teams are dangerous - especially at home. The pace and the energy are incredible.
“They have big centre forwards that can hurt you.
“The stadiums are full and the crowds are very passionate.”
None more so than the Etihad Stadium, eh Alvaro?
Speaking of Barcelona, and with the game now just days away, plenty of people are, Gerard Pique has warned City that the team does not just consist of Lionel Messi.
We’re all likely to hear rather a lot about the Argentine in the next few days, particularly as he and Sergio Aguero are strike partners for the national side, but the former Manchester United defender has recommended that City keep an eye on Neymar as well.
Pique told the Telegraph: “He’s really young, he’s got a lot of hunger to show to the world that he is right for Barcelona and that he’s one of the best players in the word. His quality, his skills, his goals, have added a lot to the team and at the same time maybe he takes a little bit of the focus.
“Everything was on Messi, with everyone trying to stop him. Now we have another way. Ok, if it’s not Messi’s day, we have Neymar, we have Pedro, we have Alexis [Sanchez], we have a lot of quality in the striker area, and I think that’s really good for the team.”
Expect lots more Barcelona column inches over the next few days, I reckon…