It's not over yet, warns Dzeko
- 02 April 2012 09:10
- Posted by Peter Ferguson
Not the best week of the season by a long chalk, then. But Edin Dzeko comes from a country where they can put these things in perspective, and the Bosnian refuses to give up.
It ain't over 'til it's over, as the great baseball coach Yogi Berra used to say, and Dzeko shares that attitude as Blue eyes focus on tonight's crucial game at Ewood Park.
He's quoted: "There are seven games to play, and the way we dropped points, United can drop points as well, so everything is still open.
"We need to go from game to game and try to win every match. The next is Arsenal. We will play to win and then we will see.
"Maybe we thought Saturday was going to be easy. We had won all our home games so maybe we thought we could count on all three points - but it's not like that, and you have to fight for every point."
The writer also helpfully points out that "having led the table for most of the season, City now need favours from other teams to get them back into the race".
With United also due to face QPR before the Arsenal trip, they quote the manager's pragmatic assessment: “If we go eight points behind then it is finished.
It’s clear we are disappointed. We have made some mistakes, me and the team
"We have also been unlucky, like losing three or four key players at an important moment. But when you are a strong team you should be able to pass these difficult moments."
All is not lost though. Roberto reminds us: "Football can change in two or three games. I had an experience in Italy with Inter Milan when we were five points behind with five games to go yet we still went on to win the title.”
And goal.com end with skipper Vincent Kompany's rallying cry: “We’d have to finish the job by beating them [United] at home - we’ll still keep believing, it’s just not as easy as it was."