Man City v Villa media watch [17.11.12]: Lambert to shake on it
The Sun: Paul Lambert goes head-to-head with Roberto Mancini again today insisting: I'm here to defend my players. The Aston Villa boss clashed with City chief Mancini when the teams met in the Capital One Cup in September following a tackle from Villa's Joe Bennett on Gareth Barry.
Daily Mirror: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert clashed with opposite number Roberto Mancini in September, and insists he's prepared to do it all again on Saturday if necessary. The pair had a heated row during Villa's 4-2 win at Manchester City in the League Cup. Mancini was furious with Joe Bennett's tackle on Gareth Barry but Lambert is ready to do whatever it takes to back his side.
Daily Express: Paul Lambert goes back to the scene of his row with Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini saying he is prepared to defend his team again. Aston Villa manager Lambert and Mancini clashed in a Capital One Cup tie less than two months ago when Mancini, upset by Joe Bennett's tackle on Gareth Barry, asked the fourth official if Bennett should be booked.
The Sun: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has refused to rule out a loan move for Robbie Keane in January.
Birmingham Mail: Captain marvel Stiliyan Petrov could be offered an Aston Villa coaching role by Paul Lambert when he completes his brave battle against leukaemia. Petrov, who is in remission and said to be doing well, is being lined up for a youth team position with the claret and blues. It is still too soon to know whether the popular 33-year-old midfielder will be fit enough to return to Villa in a playing capacity.
Daily Mail: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has hinted Stiliyan Petrov will have a future role to play at the club if he wins his battle against acute leukaemia. Lambert was a team-mate and close friend of Petrov, who is currently in remission, when the pair played for several seasons at Celtic. The Scot believes Villa 'will look after Stiliyan,' although he feels the Bulgarian international would not want any involvement purely for 'sentimental reasons.'
Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert reckons his most expensive ever signing - Christian Benteke - could prove to be a snip at £7m. Lambert scouted the Belgian striker at Genk when he was still in charge of Norwich and felt he would be ideal for Villa.
Daily Express: Stephen Ireland used to find out what Aston Villa were doing on a Saturday by tuning into the car radio on the way back from the swimming pool with his kids. Now he is at the centre of what Villa are trying to do, but still with kids to look after. Ireland is rebuilding his career after being unwanted and told to leave.
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