Ahead of tomorrow afternoon’s home game against Newcastle here is a round up of all the talk ahead of the game. Roberto Mancini and Javi Garcia speak about City’s chances. For Newcastle, Alan Pardew, Johan Cabaye and Jonas Gutierrez preview the game.
On title race
It’s over, but this doesn’t change anything because we should do our best from now to the end. Every top team, when you can’t win a title, you should try to play well, try to win all the games, and we have the FA Cup semi-final. We have Chelsea four points behind, Tottenham five points behind and we play another nine games. For this reason it’s important to keep working hard. It is definite this time. It is over. We are disappointed that we can’t win the title but United have been better than us.
On Kompany playing for Belgium in midweek
He didn’t play for us for 60 days and then he went to play for the Belgium team. I did not agree with this. I think sometimes some managers of national teams should understand the situation. This player plays for the club. The club, every month, pay his salary. I don’t know if he is OK or not. One week before the international break, he was not fit to play for us.
I have good memories from this fixture because I scored against them when we went to their ground, so I hope this will be a good one too. That was a great result for the team and personally I had started to play more consistently and get more games and it was of course great to score! It would be nice if I could do the same again on Saturday, but the most important thing is that we win the game.
We’re well used to these international breaks now, people go away on international duty all the time and it’s not a problem. It’s just a case of switching back on now and re-focusing our attention to the Premier League. We know we have little or no margin for error; we just have to try and get maximum points before the end of the season.
You do start to feel a little more relaxed and better in yourself when you are playing regularly. You feel better as a team member and as part of the squad, you feel part of things and it makes you feel good.
It is still possible because there are still nine games left and that is 27 points,” he asserted. We know that it’s difficult, but it is not impossible. We’re Manchester City and we have to fight until the end of the season. We have to win every game and try to put pressure on Manchester United. We have the FA Cup too and we are really focused on trying to win that competition as well. It will be a fantastic game. Whoever we play against, whether it’s Chelsea or Manchester United, it will be a great game. It’s the sort of match we all want to play in and it will be a special venue too – it’s a trophy that we really want to win.
We know it’s a difficult place to go. Last year it was our toughest away game, I make no bones about that, and we need to make sure it’s a little bit easier this time around with a better performance from ourselves and I think that’s the key.
We’ve got a good side, we’ve performed well of late and we need to take that into this game. Every team in that bottom ten is not comfortable yet and we’re all striving to get close to 40 points as quickly as we can. And that’s our goal too. It’s the business end now and for all of us there’ll be extra tension on the game, extra emphasis from the media, and we all need to deal with that and be able to get your results.
Every game now is important for us, and momentum to take into the Europa League. We’ve got ourselves in a fantastic position in that Europa League and we’ve got to see it through. The second leg’s at home, a full house, about nine or ten days away so we’ve got a lot to look forward to. But we’ve got to make sure in these Premier League games that we really are at our best.
Every time, it is the best feeling for me when we play against the best players in the world. On Tuesday, it was Spain and, on Saturday, it is going to be Yaya Toure. He is the best in the Premier League. Toure is the best, because he can defend, he can score, he can play up offensively and defensively. He is the complete midfielder and he deserves to be where he is.
Kun Aguero, David Silva, Carlos Tevez and many more are all fantastic players. I do not want to say their stars are less good than Yaya Toure. But when Yaya misses a game, like at Everton, they lost. It is going to be totally different than the Spain midfield but it is going to be tough as well. We will have a big, big job to do to stop City.
City have fantastic players but, unfortunately for them, they do not think and play as a team. It is not the same as United. So maybe that is the difference.
We don’t care about their dreams – we care about our position and our jobs. We know that we have to take something. If it’s a draw, then great – if we can win, brilliant. But we want to get a point to make up our tally.
City are 15 points behind with 24 points left to play for. When you are Man City or Man United, you aren’t going to drop many points. And for Man City they have to just keep doing their best. Man United have one hand already on the Premier League trophy – I don’t think they’ll lose. But in football maybe Man City can still gain 24 points, they are good enough. Man City have a lot of top players.
We hope it’s not their day – even Carlos Tevez has a bad day and the others are also human. If we are focused and play well we can take advantage. All of the teams in the Premier League are difficult. We saw in the last game against Wigan that they were bottom three but they played a great game. We deserved something out of it but we got beat. Maybe in the next game we’ll deserve to lose and take three points. That’s football. If we concentrate for 90 minutes we should get something.