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Third placed Newcastle United will travel to face league leading Manchester City this weekend in a clash of the Premier League’s two remaining unbeaten teams.
The game is also drawing plenty of attention, as it will see the Premier League’s best attack (City have scored 39 goals) go head to head with the league’s best defense (Newcastle have conceded only eight).
Another interesting subplot to the game is it will see the return to the Etihad Stadium of Newcastle’s French playmaker Hatem Ben Arfa.
The last time Newcastle visited Eastlands in October of 2010, a 2-1 win for City was marred by a horrific injury to Ben Arfa. A reckless tackle from Dutch international midfielder De Jong resulted in a double leg break for the Frenchman, and a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
De Jong received criticism from then Newcastle boss Chris Hughton for his “unnecessary challenge,” and worse was to come for the tough tackling Dutchman.
Manchester City midfielder Nigel De Jong believes that tonight's mouthwatering clash against Manchester United is more significant than the World Cup final.
It's going to be a massive clash at Wembley tonight as Manchester City take on Manchester United in the FA Cup semi final. Considering the amount of aspects being at stake tonight, this clash portrays a very intensifying look to it.
This tournament represents the best chance for City to claim their first trophy in 35 years and even Roberto Mancini has conceded that he is certainly looking to win a first silverware with the club. However, De Jong believes that United will be favourites although he doesn't see any reason why City can't accomplish their dreams.
The Oranje are facing more and more problems ahead of the Netherlands vs Austria friendly match, as Valencia’s Hedwiges Maduro has withdrawn from the Holland squad by reason of flu.
The defender’s cancellation arrived late at the Dutch camp, but fortunately, Coach Bert van Marwijk has found a replacement. Feyenoord defender Ron Vlaar is said to fill in the gap, and there are chances that he could enjoy some playing time against Austria in Eindhoven.
Maduro’s absence comes next to withdrawals from Robin Van Persie, Rafael van der Vaart, and Nigel de Jong. The Arsenal striker is also reported to have caught with flu, while the Tottenham and Manchester City players have sustained injuries. Meanwhile, Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is fighting to find back his form and shine for the Netherlands in their upcoming friendly.
Manchester City player Nigel De Jong believes team mate Carlos Tevez is as important to the Blues as Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo was for Manchester United in the past.
Comparing any football player to a superstar such as Ronaldo is usually something daring, but Nigel saw no harm in declaring something he considered as a fact. Speaking to Man City’s official website, the midfielder said:
"He (Tevez) is a special kind of player... You don't see that very often these days: a guy who can decide a game by popping up from nothing, even when you don't start the game that well.
“You had that with (Cristiano) Ronaldo at (Manchester) United, with the same quality, and we (Man City) have it with Carlos.”
De Jong however underlined the efforts of all the Argentine’s colleagues at the Eastlands club which helped the team stay on its progressing path. He continued:
Just as harsh as Nigel de Jong’s tackle on Newcastle’s Ben Arfa was, Netherlands’ coach Bert van Marwijk has been harsh on the Dutch player by omitting him from his Euro 2012 qualifying campaign roster.
The 2010 World Cup beaten finalists will entertain Moldova and Sweden in their next two qualifiers, but the Manchester City defender won’t take part in any of these matches. Nigel de Jong was previously criticized for his terrible tackles on USA’s Stuart Holden and Spain’s Xabi Alonso in the past. Now last week, the Sky Blue was accused of “going too far” with his clumsy challenge on Newcastle’s Ben Arfa.
According to Netherlands Coach Bert van Marwijk, Nige de Jong’s attitude as a defender on the pitch has become unacceptable and the player is unworthy of more playing time at the moment. The Dutch boss explained during a press conference:
“Nigel has simply gone too far this time. It’s a shame, it really is, that such a thing has happened.
Manchester City face Chelsea in a vital match this weekend. Now defender Nigel de Jong has urged fans to be City’s 12th man.
The Dutch wants the home crowd to produce the kind of atmosphere that will lift the Sky Blues spirit to conquer Chelsea’s blue heaven. Carlo Ancelotti’s men have been enjoying a great start to the English Premier League so far and goals haven’t lacked either. But last season’s corresponding fixture saw them lose 2-1 away to Manchester City and that’s a result Nigel de Jong wants his side to reproduce this weekend.
Although many think that the Sky Blues have practically no chance to upset their rivals from London, defender Nigel de Jong thinks that supporters could well play a major role for City to clinch all three points. As he expressed himself on his club’s official website, the Dutch declared:
“Fans can do a lot for us. At home, they can be the 12th man from start to finish. That will help enormously. We expect a lot of them tomorrow.”