Ahead of tomorrow’s FA Cup 5th Round tie with Leeds, here is a round up of all the talk from the Leeds camp ahead of the game. Leeds Manager, Neil Warnock, and Leeds midfielder and former City player, Michael Brown, fancy Leeds’ chances. To see what has been said from the City camp go to Preview in Quotes Part 1.
I don’t think many people are going to put any money on us. But the FA Cup is such isn’t it? It’s such a great competition. It would be a major upset if we went there and won, but we’re looking forward to it. I don’t think many people, when the team sheets came out, gave us much chance against Tottenham or Everton, but it’s a little bit more difficult with it being at the Etihad as well.
They’ll be right up for it and I would imagine they’ll want to try and win the tie early doors so they can relax and enjoy themselves.
We’ve done brilliant in the cups this year, I don’t think anyone’s done better than us. We’ve had a very good run and it’s shown what ability we’ve got in the squad. That’s what makes it more frustrating in the league. But this is by far the toughest one. They’re champions of the Premier League, we’re away from home and it’s the only competition they’ve got left to win. It’s difficult.
But we’re going to enjoy it. There are no league points at stake and I’m sure the fans will enjoy going over there.”
When you’re at a club like that and you’ve spent what they’ve spent you’re always going to get pressure. The pressure is that they’re only second in the league. But that’s what you get with the job, I think every manager would like those pressures to be able to go and buy anybody you want in the world.
But we’ve got some good players. We’ve got young players I believe could play in the Premier League, three or four, we’ve got one or two old campaigners who love the atmosphere and what the Etihad will bring and I’m sure with television being there as well they’ll want to perform. So if all the pieces fit on the day there’s no reason why we can’t give them a good game and that’s what we want to do. We want to go there with a big following and give them a good game.
I started my career there 20 years ago when I joined them straight from school. It doesn’t seem that long ago now. It’s a great club and I’ve always enjoyed going back there and playing against them.
I was hoping for a lesser draw with a more realistic chance of getting through. But if you were going to get a toughie then City would have been the perfect draw for me. It’ll be a tough game and a very good game, I’ve got a few friends who are City fans who will give me some stick, but hopefully we can pull off a shock.
Fan-wise they have great support. The investment has taken them to another level – it’s obscene really – but it’s no wonder they are Premier League champions. I think we are similar sized clubs. City were sat in there League One similar to Leeds, you could say sleeping a giant, and hopefully we can come back again.
I think we have some good footballers. Everyone wants to work hard, that’s a gimme, but everyone has to be on their game and hope maybe City are off it a little bit so you never know. I think we can go there and do well – we beat Tottenham, did well against Chelsea for an hour or so, and beat Everton. The FA Cup is a very special cup so why not? It’s not every day you get the chance to come up against the Premier League champions and test yourself against the best.