Joleon targets 100% finish to group
- 23 October 2012 08:47
- Posted by Mark Booth
Four Champions League wins out of four are required to advance, says Wolverhampton-born defender.
Lescott has yet to make an appearance in this year's European campaign but is hoping to change that when City meet Ajax on Wednesday night.
"People are going to say the next two games are must wins for us. But I think every game from now until the end of the group stage is a must win," Lescott said in today's Guardian.
"We can't rely on other people to get results for us like last year. We will go into the game on Wednesday full of confidence."
"Hopefully I am in the team on Wednesday but we have strength in depth," Lescott said. "The manager knows what he is doing. The manager sees fit in the players he picks and you can only perform when you are picked. [The West Brom game] has given the manager a headache for Wednesday."
Meanwhile, The Daily Mail report that City are ready to go toe-to-toe with cross-city rivals Manchester United for the signature of young Zagreb midfielder Alen Halilovic.
"Halilovic is valued at £12million but United and City are considering offers of around £6m," reads the story.
"The Under 17 international is already being compared to Luka Modric and Real hope that Modric’s presence at the Bernabeu can sway a deal their way.
"Meanwhile, City and Arsenal want PSV Eindhoven defender Riechedly Bazoer, 16."
As always, any completed deals will only be confirmed on mcfc.co.uk once the window re-opens.
Finally, former goalkeeper and Wembley hero in 1999, Nicky Weaver has been reflecting on the Blues' ascent to Premier League champions in the Manchester Evening News.
"I was at City for 10 years and it's a massive part of my life - almost a third of my life - so theirs is one of the first result I'm looking for and I watch them on TV," said Nicky.
"I only left just over five years ago and it's amazing to see what has happened there in such a short space of time.
"They've obviously got all the money but you've got the right players, balance and get everyone to gel.
"To look at them now, it's unthinkable to see them finishing outside the top two. Champions League is almost a given now, and if they don't win the title it will be classed as a disappointment."
That one is well worth the full read!