Aguero: Messi dreams of being me!
- 28 May 2014 07:57
- Posted by @roline_mcfc
There's a World Cup flavour to today's media round-up, as the clock ticks down to the start of the tournament and the anticipation builds...
So, who's sharing their thoughts on this year's competition? Sergio Aguero is. Let's start with him.
Whilst interestingly interviewing himself to mark the launch of a new football boot, the striker insisted there will be "no easy games" for Argentina as they bid to lift the trophy once again.
His comments are included in an article on the FourFourTwo website, which states: "Alejandro Sabella’s side face Bosnia-Herzegovina, Nigeria and Iran in the group phase, and Aguero and [Lionel] Messi are among the favourites to be the tournament's top scorer by filling their boots in the early stages."
Aguero noted though he will not be downhearted if the goals don't flow for him right away, as he will use his past experiences to remain positive.
"If I fail to score in the group stage, I can keep believing I will score in the knock-out stage, because that's already happened to me," he declared.
"It happened in Beijing at the Olympics. I was in the starting XI throughout the group stage and I didn't score. Then in the quarter-finals I didn't score, but the manager believed in me and in the semi-finals I scored twice against Brazil.
"So I know I will believe in myself because I have already experienced that exact situation. You have to stay calm and believe the goals will come. You might score loads of goals in the group stage and then none in the latter stages."
On a lighter note, when asked whether Aguero aspires to be like his counterpart Messi, the Blues' star replied: "I don't dream about being like Messi... because he dreams of being like me!"
Greg Stobart writes: "The Three Lions travel to Brazil with low expectations at home as they look ahead to challenging Group D fixtures against Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica.
"Roy Hodgson has included a number of young players in his 23-man squad, and goalkeeper Hart is adamant that England have the quality to go all the way and become world champions for the first time since 1966."
Quoted in the article, the City shot-stopper declared: "We’re going there to win it - otherwise there isn’t any point in going there. You can’t go with any other mentality.
"I think when it comes to it, the players have our own internal beliefs. We have the belief of the management and belief in each other to go out and perform - and that’s the most important thing.
"We’ve got exciting young players who are getting chances at Premier League sides and playing at the top level. We have some really good talent and hopefully we will use that.
"It’s a World Cup; it was never going to be an easy group. I don’t think you will ever look at a group in a World Cup and say 'that’s easy' because everyone has earned the right to be there."
Very true. Well, good luck to you Joe!
Elsewhere, Eurosport analyse Spain's injury concerns but manager Vicente del Bosque has asserted he has plenty of cover available.
"If Brazil-born [Diego] Costa is unable to make the trip to his native country for the finals starting next month, Del Bosque has several players available with a similar profile, including Fernando Torres, Alvaro Negredo and Fernando Llorente," Eurosport claim.
"As well as Costa, winger Jesus Navas and right back Juanfran are injury concerns and Del Bosque has already called up Gerard Deulofeu as cover if Navas does not recover in time.
"Spain play a World Cup warmup against Bolivia in Seville on Friday, after which the Real and Atletico players selected for the finals will join up with the squad."
And finally, no media round-up would be complete without a snippet of transfer speculation, would it?
Well, there's been a development in the Bacary Sagna situation - if SkySports are to be believed. Apparently, he's turned down the offer of a new contract at Arsenal which means he will be leaving the Gunners this summer.
A report reads: "The 31-year-old revealed earlier in the week he was 90 per cent certain to be moving on, but he has now confirmed in writing to the Gunners that he has turned down their offer of a contract extension.
"Sagna's current deal is due to expire at the end of June, after which point he will be free to sign for another club.
"Arsenal had offered Sagna a two-year extension, but the France international has opted to end his Gunners career after seven years at the Emirates.
"Sky sources understand that Manchester City and a number of top clubs in Europe have expressed an interest in taking the France international defender.
"It is understood Sagna would ideally want his future resolving before the World Cup finals kick off next month."
That's all for today. Check back to mcfc.co.uk at the same time tomorrow for another City-related media round-up!