“MAN CITY COULD USE HARRY KANE!” Dean Saunders discusses Man City’s 5-0 win over Norwich

“MAN CITY COULD USE HARRY KANE!” Dean Saunders discusses Man City’s 5-0 win over Norwich

it’s uh dean saunders and natalie sawyer with you until 9 00 a.m and we started the show by talking about manchester city’s five-star performance at uh at home against norwich so we’ll focus a little bit more on them because it was some turnaround after that defeat at spurs but what an outstanding performance from manchester city man city five norwich city nil was a consequence in a brilliant movement and everyone was in his position we play when we need a good a really good game we press so so high so intense we regained the ball high of the pitch and after with the ball everyone was there calm we played really good we’re not too down we are experienced we know that um what we uh that this can happen on uh on this level and we’re not too down it’s more like just stick together yeah to keep going and then to to make sure that we’re ready when they’re really important games for us will come yeah there was some way to bounce back then from that defeat at tottenham last weekend and joining us from australia is commentator broadcaster and lifelong manchester city fans simon hill simon hello good morning simon morning game morning natalie how are you very very very very i mean it’s morning for us what is it over with you afternoon evening yeah it’s uh half past three in the afternoon in sydney but we’re all in lockdown you see because of kobe so we can’t go anywhere what’s the weather like it’s beautiful i’ve just been out on my uh hours daily exercise about 26 degrees sun shining but uh an hour is all we get unfortunately lovely it’s raining here i remember it well let’s not dwell on the weather it’s inevitable that we always talk what’s by the light what’s it like over there um but look let’s talk about manchester city then because that opening game at tottenham was i’m sure you you would think something a little bit of a disappointment um losing that one so for them to bounce back as as they did yesterday to to put five past norwich um that’s that’s the manchester city you want to be seeing isn’t it on a regular basis yeah and look to be fair that is the city that we we normally see um i have to say i thought norwich played into uh city’s hands a little bit uh starting with the three and midfields trying to play out from the back even when uh you know at certain junctures it wasn’t really on but you can only beat what is in front of you and and city did that very comfortably yesterday great to see jack grealish getting a debut goal even though he didn’t know too much about it let’s be perfectly honest and overall i thought it was a tremendous performance and gabrielle jose for me was the outstanding player uh interested to see that there’s a lot of people today sort of going oh isn’t you know he can play out wide i think he’s played there quite a few times before um so it’s no real surprise to city fans but uh yeah look it was nice to get that sort of performance on the board as a city band because last week was uh well below our best it’s interesting though with jay zeus because as ever whenever you get the manchester city lineup you are guessing aren’t you who’s playing where people expected him to start down the middle and and but it didn’t turned out it was fair and torres that did and so you’re always guessing what pep guardiola is doing and obviously after that tottenham defeat there wasn’t the inevitable talk about well this this just shows that city need to get a striker they need that out and out striker that they clearly been looking for for for a little while um but does yesterday’s result prove otherwise or do you still think they do need somebody to replace sergio aguero look to be fair i think it’s an indication of of the modern game and dean will probably back me up on this that one defeat becomes a crisis which is ludicrous really but that’s the way football is and you know obviously we’re all obsessed with it i still personally think that they they could do with harry kane or somebody like him uh and i do see intriguingly that uh robert lewandowski has indicated he might be willing to leave bayern munich so you never know um but i think that sort of that sort of strike would offer cities something a little bit different um i mean they won the championship comfortably without uh a real number nine because aguero of course was injured for large chunks of last season so they have plenty of options and the rotations that they play in that front three are fantastic to watch i mean the fourth goal in particular yesterday was beautiful but i do still think harry kane would offer them that’s something a little bit different a target man somebody to hold up and link the likes of sterling and virus and foden and de bruyne goodness me it’s an embarrassment of riches isn’t it uh to to bring all those players into play so yes i do think they could do with him yeah i think as well when you play the type of football they play and they get him ba in behind your full backs non-stop maris sterling you know they’re grealish they get him when they’re squaring that ball across the face you’ve got someone in there who knows where to go knows where to go in on the keeper pull out go to the back post which kane does and aguero obviously did do it um how do you think grealish settled in how do you think he fitted into the system and the way the other players were playing look i thought it it’s he’s still a work in progress i thought he showed some uh nice touches obviously he played sort of excuse me white on the left yesterday and he he sort of hugged that touchline and gave city uh some useful width i thought down the left-hand side i think it’s you know it’s obviously going to take a while you can’t expect a player even of grealish’s quality to to fit in like a glove straight away but just picking up on that point dean that you made about the crosses i mean there was a lot made yesterday and i agree with with the commentators in the game that i watched saying that the amount of crosses city put in was sort of unlike them they’re much more methodical normally in their build-up and maybe that’s because you know that they think that harry kane might be coming and they’re going to sort of slightly change the way they play because certainly you know harry kane would have would have loved some of that service yesterday it’s going to be intriguing to see how they adapt to him if indeed he ends up at the etihad yeah i think the levandosky one i think that’s a ploy i mean i remember i was at newcastle years back and we were trying to sign the center back and we were haggling with the team and we just released it on on sky news that we were going to sign another one oh i see what you’re saying right you just and i think that’s what you’ve done to push the original one through yeah so they’re they’re haggling over millions of pounds right now this has been going on and it’s not like you used to haggle over a million this is 10 it’ll be going up in tens and five millions how much you’re gonna pay for him we’re not paying that well you’re gonna have to pay that otherwise we’re not letting him go so then they released that one right lewandowski how about that so man tottenham are now thinking well we might lose this sale if we don’t if we keep going they might just go somewhere else so i think it’s part of the plan although you say that we have that um simon obviously with the lino messi situation and people thinking hang on he’s just left barcelona he’s worked with pep guardiola before is this now gonna force daniel levy to go hang on no no you can have kane you can have kane uh for a cheaper than what i wanted originally um i mean absolutely harry kane we know would uh he’s talked about having wanting to emulate leonel messi wanting to emulate cristiano ronaldo being a ballon d’or winner at least being in the nominations for the ballon d’or uh in the final stages of it for example um but we still are waiting to see what’s going to happen with harry hurricane we’ve still got what nine days or so of this of this transfer window um but we still are none the wiser about what’s going to happen well i think they’re going to come sorry simon go on sorry it’s a game of ducks and drakes isn’t it and you know you you rightly say dean that you know city is sort of maneuvering for position and maybe throwing in a couple of curveballs uh to try and throw people off the center but equally you know you’ve got to sort of respect tottenham’s position he is their player he is the contract i know harry kane feels as though he’s got a gentleman’s agreement with daniel levy to to depart but levy’s also got to deal with the backlash from his supporters if he comes out and says yeah okay it’s no problem off you go then he’s going to cop it as well from his supporters so it’s it’s a very delicate balance isn’t it i think there’s no doubt that city wants him and that harry kane wants to go to city but that that magical number has to be 100 right the one question i was going to ask you dean going back in your playing days and i remember you got sold for at the time was was quite a lot of money between various clubs when you signed for a club and you had that that sort of transfer fee around your net did you feel that or does it not bother you at all um no when i signed for liverpool i i thought right i’ve got i’ve got to produce the goods here and then first game of the season we were playing oldham i think and i picked the program up nervous obviously first game at anfield and i was just looking through the program and it had the previous 10 years finishing positions the club okay and what’d you think the lowest was second so i actually i actually thought we got win today about put pressure on you just i thought we got a win today first game of the season i was thinking you can’t lose at liverpool and if and if i didn’t get the goals i know they’ll just replace me they’ve got enough money uh no i didn’t i didn’t score you know what i didn’t score for three games and i and i missed the sitter at luton and it was weighing on me i was like oh i just need to tap in and then i shanked one against tottenham at anfield and it flew in the corner i didn’t mean it i sliced it and it went in and i just thought that’s me i’m off and running but that’s all you got the pressure’s on you made yeah by the way simon that’s what john greeley’s got yesterday yeah yeah he didn’t but he’s but he’s i said to natalie earlier if you run into the six yard box between the sticks the ball will hit you and go in frank lampard made a career running into the box you don’t score goals running out of the box so he’s playing on the left hugging the line but he’s got in the box when the ball was on the opposite side of the pitch the other thing i was going to say to you what what you do now if you’re the norwich manager after that performance and he’s got leicester and arsenal i think i’m correct in saying the next two games um so he is he’s got to lift his players off the floor even though they’ve you know the first two games either looked at those and said liverpool man city okay we’re going to struggle here but they’ve double bageled in terms of um scoring goals and they’ve copped eight at the other end so he’s got a big job on this week and and the one thing that he can’t afford to do and i know this is easier said than done but he’s got lester and arsene he can’t afford to be uh 1-0 drawn zero lost four scored nom conceded 15 after four games because then they’re really up against it even though the four teams that they’ve opened the season against uh you know nobody would have expected them really to beat any of those sides so i thought it was tough i thought they were too timid last night to be honest i mentioned about them playing out from the back and and the three in midfield but i thought they were a bit timid i thought they were better second half but i thought they they looked a little bit you know overcome but by by city’s power and that’s something he’s got to try and fix that little bit of confidence to say to them look you’ve earned the right to play in this league you’re good enough so go out and prove it the problem of course for them yesterday they didn’t even trouble edison and gold there’s no shot on target from norwich in that entire game just lastly on manchester city then for you simon um that game yesterday everyone would have looked at and gone well that’s that’s a given home win a little bit different in that story in that situation against tottenham again people perhaps would have expected manchester city to win it didn’t go the way as planned four of their next five i think i’m right in saying is arsenal leicester chelsea and liverpool quite a testing period coming up for pep guardiola on his side you’re not wrong which is probably why i’d like to get harry kane um but look i mean let’s be honest you know you saw that city yesterday they went to the bench and they brought on rahim sterling and riyad mahrez both of whom scored so it’s not exactly as though they’re struggling for depth uh they are the reigning champions yes they’re tough games um but city will have no fear going into those matches and nor should they because they’re a very good side um but what they can’t afford is to let those standards uh slip which is what they did against uh tottenham first weekend of the season um de bruyne might be back fit uh foden i think he’s still a a few weeks away but uh i think they’ll be okay don’t you i think they’ll challenge well i think grealish is signing not only as a player he’s brilliant but also the signing g’s the other lot up they’re all looking over the shoulder thinking i’m not getting complacent because that’s all they worry about at that level players getting complacent or getting too old you know that’s that’s the two things they look for you rather you’re out them two things complacency and the candles gone out especially when someone like jack greed is is a little bit more versatile shall we say he can play on the left he can play more middle and yeah so there’s a few players that are thinking oh i do have to up my game to make sure i’m in this starting eleven um simon hill it’s been great to talk to you thank you for joining us today get the cream on pleasure thanks very much you
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