Hart: We are hungry for another title
- 12 April 2014 07:51
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
Another day, another round of build-up to Sunday’s clash with Liverpool at Anfield.
But, if after all that you need any more, the papers are here to oblige.
We’ll begin with Joe Hart, who claims that the squad are just as hungry to win a Premier League medal this season – even though quite a few already have one on the mantelpiece.
The keeper was a key element of the squad that won the title so dramatically in May 2012 but he argues things are very different this time around.
The Daily Mail quotes Hart as saying: “I don’t know if having been there and done it before helps. It has not been a hindrance but things have changed and times changed and everything is different.
“It is not a bad thing that a few of us have got a winner’s medal already but we are all just as hungry for another one and while everything is different we are ready for it.
“It is going to be an exciting day on Sunday against Liverpool first and foremost and that is what we are concentrating on. There has been a lot of build up but we remain focused.
“We had a big game at the weekend against Southampton and got a good result out of that so we go into Liverpool confident.”
Meanwhile, at the other end of the M62, Brendan Rodgers has suggested he will look to an off-field source to help the Reds over the line on Sunday.
The Liverpool boss has revealed he plans to “unleash” the Anfield crowd – presumably leaving the away end to its own devices...
Rodgers is quoted in the Mirror as saying: "The great beauty is we are at home and we have a great record here - we will unleash the supporters yet again.
"I get a sense of the old days around the place, and we will always respect and embrace our past. It has allowed us to make Anfield such a difficult place to come and we will use that.
"It's a significant game, but the finish line is still a long way to go afterwards.
"All that comes out of the game is three points so that's what we're after, but out of it would come confidence and belief.
"It's vitally important to keep our cool and calm. We showed that last weekend with great composure when decisions went against us at West Ham.
"For us it's exciting, we have been building to get where we are and we are looking to sustain it in the longer period.
"We have no nerves, we have been enjoying it this week, and there has been a great feeling around the training ground this week."
Finally, while there has been plenty of talk about Sergio Aguero in the past 24 hours, Robbie Savage has penned an article for the BBC suggesting it’s Fernandinho that Liverpool should be watching out for.
The Brazilian has had a fantastic first season and won the hearts of Blues fans everywhere, but Savage suggests his contribution to City’s title charge has been somewhat overlooked outside the Etihad.
He writes: “It is Toure who grabs the headlines because of his rampaging runs but Fernandinho is an unsung hero for City because of the energy he brings to their team, his mobility, and the amount of work he puts in.
“Defensively, Fernandinho covers a lot of ground when City do not have possession and puts the most pressure on the ball. If you add up interceptions and tackles, he has won it back more than any other City player this season.
“The City pairing have attacking responsibilities, too. Toure's main threat is through his trademark runs forward and shots from distance. Fernandinho is less spectacular but he is fast, good on the ball, able to pick out a pass and can burst into the box to get on the end of moves as well.
“The most crucial thing about Fernandinho, though, is that the high-tempo he helps to set allows City to launch fast attacks of their own.
“I have already spoken about how important Gerrard is to Liverpool's title bid but the same could be said about Fernandinho for City.”
Only one more day to go, so prepare for even more of the same tomorrow…
The race for the Premier League has come to the boil, so make sure you’re there to lend your support as we bid for a second title in three years.
Tickets are still available for the two of the last first-team games taking place at the Etihad Stadium this season, against Sunderland and West Brom.
They could be decisive clashes, so don’t miss out.