In anticipation of tomorrow’s game against Liverpool, here is all the talk you need to know before the game. Roberto Mancini previews the game and Liverpool’s Assistant Manager, Colin Pascoe, and Daniel Sturridge, the City Academy product, share their thoughts ahead of the match.
When you want to change it is difficult sometimes. He (Rodgers) did some good results but Liverpool is always a strong team. I watched the game against Arsenal, they played well. It will be a dangerous game on Sunday. If we want to win, we should play well and score when we have a chance. Suarez for me is a top player. I like him because he is strong, he works. For me he is one of the best in England.
On the title race, Mancini is optimistic in spite of United’s lead at the top.
This doesn’t change anything. I think when we arrive at the end of February, the gap will be very, very small. In every championship, never one team won a title in January. We should fight until April. If they have seven, eight, nine points (lead) in April, it could be difficult, maybe. But in this moment we have a big chance.
I’m very confident we can do something about City’s clean sheet run. We’ll be positive and go out there to win the game. When you have Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge in your side there’s always a possibility you will score goals. The signs we have seen between these two have been very encouraging. You never know how well they are going to get on, even though you’re obviously hoping it will work. But they have been brilliant from day one, with the way they keep looking for each other. And the way they’re making runs off the ball, it’s been great to watch.
When Luis leads the line up there by himself, he wanders, he just wants to find space and score. Whether that’s drifting in from either wing or whatever, it’s anything to get half a yard. That’s what strikers do – it’s all about good movement. Daniel does the same and they complement each other very well.
We should have won that one (the reverse fixture which ended 2-2). It will be tough playing the champions, but the way we played at home makes us confident. Look at the games against Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United. We have played well, so we’re looking forward to this.
When the new owners (Sheikh Mansour) came in they started spending more money and so for me it was always going to be difficult. People said I was greedy to sign for Chelsea and leave City but they (City) are the richest club in the world, so why I am being greedy going to a club with less money?
When I moved to Chelsea it was again difficult with (Didier) Drogba and (Nicolas) Anelka there. I knew I wouldn’t play every week but I knew I would learn from both players. I won some trophies with Chelsea, won the Youth Cup with City which will always be with me for the rest for my life. I had some great friendships there, so I’d like to thank them for bringing me to where I am today – the Academy people at City were fantastic.
Hopefully this is the club I settle at and stay at for many years to come. I have no worries, no stresses. I already have a love for the club and it is growing day-in, day-out and hopefully we can stay in love for the rest of our lives. The history of Liverpool means the only team who compares is Man United and you only realise how big this club is when you actually get here. It is a blessing to be here.