Pablo Zabaleta, one of the stars of City’s season so far, has spoken about the commitment needed for City to achieve what they are truly capable of.
The Argentinean defender believes that fostering a feeling of togetherness is a vital component on the success of a football club.
Commitment is everything, because I think Manchester City can become one of the biggest clubs in Europe.
But we all have to give everything and pull in the same direction – everyone from the players to each and every member of staff at the club.
If we all move forwards together and have the same goal, we can enjoy great success together.
Pablo also discussed the criticism thrown at City from certain sections of the media, claiming it’s part and parcel of football, even going as far as to say the team’s under-performance means it should be expected.
We expect it because we have come a long way in the last four years and expectations have changed.
We had different pressures four years ago, but it’s normal when you win the title that people will knock you at the first opportunity. You are up there to be shot at and we take it all on the chin.
It happens at other clubs and it’s just the way things are, but having said that, we haven’t been playing as well as we can so the press are not going to give us an easy ride.
Zabaleta’s style of play has seen him become a firm fans favourite, something he relishes. He says that he loves Manchester so much, that when he returns to Argentina he misses the rain.
It’s for others to say – but a lot of people say I’m that on Twitter.
Maybe people from here notice things, but it is obviously harder for me to say it myself. But when people call me part-Mancunian, it makes me feel happy because it means I’ve done okay since I first arrived and couldn’t speak any English.
I’m not sure I have the accent yet, but sometimes when I go back to Argentina and it’s been hot there for a week, I must admit I start to miss the rain a little. So in that respect, I must have some Mancunian blood running through my veins.
I suppose I am one of the elder statesman these days.
That’s a good thing and ever since I arrived at City, I’ve always felt massive respect and affection from our supporters and the people at the club.