Zabaleta: We have belief
- 25 April 2014 07:53
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
Transfer stories and World Cup selections take a back seat this morning as the media concentrates on the last few chapters of a fascinating title race.
City travel to Crystal Palace while Chelsea and Liverpool are set to take on each other at Anfield - an intriguing duel which will no doubt dominate print and airwaves for the next few days, regardless of result!
While some are already declaring that the Premier League trophy’s destination is to be Merseyside, one man who believes that the journey could finish at a different junction of the M62 is Pablo Zabaleta.
The Argentinian has warned that City have no intention of waving the white flag – We fight to the end, after all!
Zabaleta told the Guardian: "We have belief. This is the main reason we won on Monday, to show again this team wants to win the league.
“In football you never know what can happen. Liverpool are doing great, winning 11 games in a row in the league, the first time in one season in Premier League history, I believe.
“They have three games until the end, and we have four. If they drop any points, we have a chance if we win our games."
"It's going to be very tough, but if they drop points – that is why we talk among ourselves about winning all of our games. If they win all of their games, we must just give them credit, and there will be nothing we can do. We need to keep focused on what we are doing and move on to the next game."
Well said, Zaba!
And on that note, the next game is Sunday, Selhurst Park….
Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie has cautioned that the Eagles won’t be going easy on the Blues, even though recent wins have eased any lingering fears of relegation. But then, they won't be giving Liverpool a quiet afternoon either!
Bolasie is quoted in the Daily Star as saying: "People might think we will take our foot off the gas but we haven't.
"We've got two big games now, playing in front of our crowd and creating a bit of an upset hopefully.
"Everyone is looking forward to playing Man City because they just about beat us up there, with Joe Hart making some great saves.
"But I'd have to go with Liverpool to win the league. They've got some really good momentum, so I'm sure our defence will be looking forward to playing against them and prove a couple of people wrong."
Hopefully including his own prediction that Liverpool will win the league...ahem.
Writes Simon Bajkowski: “The saviour of Selhurst, Pulis has the chance to decide the destination of the Premier League title.
“Having beaten Chelsea at Selhurst Park three weeks ago they host City on Sunday, followed by Brendan Rodgers's side eight days later.
“And neither Rodgers nor Manuel Pellegrini will be relishing the trip.
“Palace's home record under Pulis reads: P11 W7 D1 L3 F11 A8 Pts 22 .
“It has hardly been a feast of goals but you won't hear the home fans complaining.
“Their team are difficult to score against and are capable of finding the goal that will win them a game.
“City used this formula to beat them in December.
“The football wasn't pretty but an Edin Dzeko effort was enough to pick up three points in a crowded Christmas schedule and move on.
“They can expect more of the same on Sunday but will find a team that has won five on the bounce - better form than the Blues.
“If it didn't look like it at the start of the season, City's trip to Selhurst Park has become a major test of their champion credentials.”
Let’s hope it is indeed a Super Sunday (sorry).