Begovic: Dzeko one of the world's best
- 13 September 2013 08:31
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
There’s a Bosnian-flavoured subplot to Saturday afternoon's meeting with the Potters.
That’s because Stoke City’s Asmir Begovic and Edin Dzeko will face off against one another at the Britannia Stadium.
The pair are great friends off the pitch but that relationship is set to be put to one side at 3pm tomorrow.
“We are friends for sure, and he is a great guy and an incredible player, but once kick-off comes on Saturday all we will both be thinking about is getting the win for our respective teams,” Begovic told the official Stoke City website.
“We have spoken about the game during our time together on international duty and we are both looking forward to it, just as we always do.
“In my opinion he [Dzeko] is one the three best number nines in the world along with Falcao and Robert Lewandowski; so he is somebody that we have certainly got to keep our eye on during the game.”
...Asmir Begovic - Stoke City FC...
He added: “He scored against me last time at the Etihad Stadium, but he was due one in that game because I have made a few saves against him over the years. Hopefully I can keep him out again this weekend.”
One man hoping to postpone this Bosnian showdown is Alvaro Negredo.
City’s Etihad Player of the Month for August is in a rich vein of form and revealed on international duty that he is facing a similar battle for the starting berth for country as well as club, with the World Cup looming next summer.
“It is partly the luck of being in the right place at the right time,” he said after netting his eighth goal in 16 games for Spain. “To play in a side like Spain that plays such great football and creates chances also helps a lot.
“My job is to do my best, and with Spain we have a lot of strikers. Roberto Soldado has started scoring goals in the Premier League and David Villa has recovered all of his confidence, just like the two Fernandos (Torres and Llorente) who were not in the squad but are regulars.
“Brazil is a long way off, and the season is very long, but it is clear that goals give you confidence. The final decision belongs to the coach, and what we have to do now is keep working to ensure the team reaches the World Cup.”
Meanwhile, Vincent Kompany has not had as many kind words from his Belgian international teammates as Dzeko from Begovic.
In an interview with Everyday Football, Eden Hazard, Christian Benteke, Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne and Nacer Chadli had some choice words for their captain in a very funny Q and A.
Everton loanee Lukaku, in particular, had no hesitation in outing Vincent for his eating habits.
"Vince [Kompany] takes two plates," Lukaku said.
"He takes a plate and puts another one next to it. That's Vincent."
Chelsea forward Hazard was next to stick the knife in – this time finding fault with Kompany’s time keeping.
"He always has an excuse!” Hazard declared.
"He had an interview, or his toe was bothering him. There's always something,"
Captain, we await your response and I’m sure you won’t need us to remind you to mark your calendar with the following dates:
- City v Everton: 5 October.
- Chelsea v City: 27 October.