Ahead of tomorrow’s FA Cup 5th Round tie with Leeds, here is a round up of all the talk from the City camp ahead of the game. Roberto Mancini, Carlos Tevez and Pablo Zabaleta have their say. To see what has been said from the Leeds camp go to Preview in Quotes Part 2.
Now the FA Cup is different. It is clear that it will not be easy because they beat Tottenham. I don’t think to play against Leeds is easy. In the FA Cup, every game is difficult. This is another way to do better in the last three months. It is possible to play in the final.
Warnock is a top manager, he has big experience. I played against him last year with QPR, we had big problems when we won 3-2 in London. He knows football very well. I will make some changes because I have two or three players injured but after that, I will play with the best team.
This is a match that we have to win. With us being twelve points behind Manchester United in the league, obviously we want to go ahead and progress in this competition. It is very important for all the players because the FA Cup is something we still have a good chance of winning.
Of course it is going to be a tough match, both teams are going into it wanting to win and so we have to make sure we keep our concentration and give it our best from the very first minute. We know that all our matches are difficult, teams do want to beat us and although we are at home, we are going to have to be at our very best.
Tevez also has fond memories of winning the FA Cup in 2011 when he was City’s captain.
It was a great moment for me. The club at that point had not won a trophy for many years and to be the captain on the day and to lift that trophy, I have to say it gave me great satisfaction. Of course, it would be nice to have that opportunity again, I think we have a big chance and so we will be giving our all throughout.
We had a great session on Wednesday afternoon and the feeling among the lads is very positive. We will learn from this defeat and use the deflated feeling we had afterwards as an inspiration to maybe try and rediscover the sort of spirit we had last season.
Sometimes after a game like Southampton you need a few days to think about what went wrong and why, and then come back stronger and I believe that’s what will happen. We will learn from this defeat and use the deflated feeling we had afterwards as an inspiration to maybe try and rediscover the sort of spirit we had last season.
We need to stand together, battle and show what we are really capable of. We will aim to get back to winning ways at the weekend in the FA Cup and that is our immediate focus now.
We know we gave probably our worst performance for two years or more last Saturday and it couldn’t have come at a worse time because it was such a vital game in the title race, and United keep winning so the gap is even bigger than before. But you never know in football.