Yaya hails Champions League progress
- Thu 20 Sep 2012, 8:17AM
- Posted by Mark Booth
Papers continue to process the events of Madrid and there are notes of cautious optimism emerging from Wednesday morning’s gloom.
Yaya Toure believes that City going toe to toe in Real Madrid’s backyard and almost coming out on top proves that the club are now becoming a member of the elite band of teams on the continent.
In a story titled, “Now we know we belong” in The Sun, City’s Ivorian midfielder charts the team’s improvement from last season.
“It was not like group games I have played in before — it had the feel of a quarter-final or semi-final of the Champions League,” said Yaya.
“And that’s where we want to be, so it was a fantastic game for us to be part of.
“For us this was a good test to see what level we are at and to see where we want to go.
“This shows City are continuing to improve and continuing to learn in Europe.”
Vincent Kompany picks up the post-mortem baton in today’s Independent, stating his belief that Cristiano Ronaldo was the only difference between the teams on the night.
"He made the difference. Without Ronaldo it would have been a different game," said Kompany.
Speaking of Real’s winning goal, Vincent absolved both himself and Joe Hart from blame.
"Joe [Hart] initially thought I might have been able to get it. But there was no chance. It was on the side of me and it just floated. He was too quick and by the time you get in position the ball is already gone.
"I think he's one of the only players that can do that. He's got that technique and there is nothing much you can do once he has the chance to take that shot, all you can do is try to close down the space before he hits it."
Gareth Barry picks up where his captain left off.
"The positives are there – we twice took the lead; we've scored two goals in the Bernabeu and frustrated them for long periods of the game,” said Barry who made his first start of the season in the match.
“There are so many positives we can take while at the same time seeing the big picture and recognising that we've lost the first game. We're going to need some big performances, but we believe we can produce them."
Finally, today’s Daily Mail reports that former City boss Mark Hughes could swoop for John Guidetti on loan, after losing Andy Johnson to injury for the rest of the season.
Hughes hopes to tie up the emerging Swedish star on a loan deal in January to replace the one time England striker.
Don’t forget, mcfc.co.uk is the only place to get confirmed transfer and loan news as and when it happens.
Join us tomorrow for another media round-up where attention is likely to turn to Sunday’s Premier League showdown with Arsenal.