Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Pellegrini opts for substance over style

11 December 2014, 16:19

LONDON - When Manchester City arrived at the Stadio Olimpico needing to beat AS Roma to stand any chance of progressing to the Champions League knockout stages, many wondered how they would cope without Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini did not.

Despite boasting an enviable wealth of talent in their ranks, City have often floundered in the Champions League and ahead of kickoff in Rome on Wednesday they sat third in Group E needing a victory and Bayern Munich to beat CSKA Moscow.

With powerhouse midfielder Toure suspended and captain Kompany and talismanic striker Aguero injured, City's prospects of beating Roma looked bleak.

But having been forced to shuffle his pack and adopt a resilient rather than graceful style, Pellegrini stumbled across a formula that worked perfectly.

Also read: City complete great escape

With the attacking flair that helped them claim the Premier League title last season put to one side, City produced a gladiatorial performance that conquered Roma.

Samir Nasri put the visitors in front in the second half before Pablo Zabaleta's late strike -- coupled with Bayern's victory over CSKA Moscow -- ensured City reached the knockout stages.

Midfielders Fernando and Fernandinho epitomised City's performance with tireless displays and three-times European Cup winner Graeme Souness hailed their effort

"It was a really solid European performance," the former Liverpool midfielder told Sky Sports. "They needed to show teams a bit more respect and be a bit more cautious. City did it right.

"It was a very different Man City. It was forced on them and they may have learned from that. Fernando and Fernandinho, what did they do creatively? I can't remember any clever passes.

"But what they did do -- they were on Roma, making them make passes they didn't want to make. You need that -- at the highest level you need that."

Jamie Carragher, who won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005, believes Pellegrini has a tough decision to make when midfielder Toure returns from suspension.

"It was a proper European performance that we've been looking for from City," he told Sky Sports.

"The big decision for them is in the next round -- he's suspended in the opening game but after that if they go on -- what do you do with Yaya Toure?"

Pellegrini has until February when the Champions League resumes to answer that question.

For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.

- Reuters


WRAP: English Premiership

23 October 2016, 11:05

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...