Bothroyd tips City for title

BY foxsports • November 7, 2011

Rangers could hold their heads up high after the 3-2 defeat to Roberto Mancini's side. They were the first side to go in front against the Blues this term and then they had the character to fight back after City had turned the match on its head. Even following Yaya Toure's winner, the hosts came within a whisker of snatching a point when Heidar Helguson struck the bar. But, according to Bothroyd, City are a class apart this term, a team with the look of champions. "They are definitely the best side," he said. "They have the best players. "But it is more than just ability. "They have an abundance of that but names alone don't make a great team. It is the work ethic as well. "They have a world-class bench. God knows how many millions that cost, and they are improving. "They have been in top form all season. They hammered Manchester United, are scoring goals pretty freely and generally, they keep it tight at the back." There were plenty who doubted Roberto Mancini during the early weeks of his reign. However, there are few dissenting voices now. As has become his practice, the Italian left immediately after the final whistle of the final game before the international break to get a flight home to see his family, so he offered no opinion on his side's latest triumph. It is fair to assume that, after a lethargic start, in which City could have easily fallen more than one goal behind, Mancini was impressed with what followed. Edin Dzeko scored for the sixth time in four appearances - taking his overall tally for the season to 13 - and Yaya Toure sealed victory with a towering header. Once again it was David Silva who caught the eye though. His dart on to Dzeko's low cross before driving home City's second immediately after the break was the stuff of genius. Yet the staggering thing is Silva cannot be guaranteed a start when Spain take on England at Wembley on Saturday. With Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas already adorning his team, Vicente del Bosque has an embarrassment of riches. Yet stand-in City skipper Micah Richards acknowledges Silva is a supreme talent. "From the end of last season, David has really been unbelievable for us. He is one of my favourite players " said Richards. "When he first signed people were not sure he could play in the Premier League but he makes everything look so easy. "I just stand and admire him sometimes because the stuff he does is amazing. "It just comes so natural to him. I am happy for him that he is doing well and hopefully he will get a chance for Spain next week." Nothing sees to bother City at present. Indeed, when asked how they would cope when Toure departs for African Nations Cup duty with the Ivory Coast in January, Richards jovially responded: "We will just go out and buy someone else." It really does seem so straightforward. The truth is somewhat different. For, as Bothroyd observed, the Blues would have got nothing at Loftus Road without being willing to stand and fight for the right to play. "They have some good strong players," he said. "I am tall myself but they have Yaya Toure in there. Gareth Barry is a strong player. Stefan Savic at the back, Micah Richards. "They have a lot of experienced professionals. They are strong and hungry. "You can just tell they want to win something and that is going to stand them in good stead for the rest of the season."

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