Negredo: We will battle until the end
- 26 April 2014 09:38
- Posted by @roline_mcfc
Another weekend, another crucial game for City in the title race... but what stories are making the headlines in the media this morning?
Let's start with SkySports who lead with Alvaro Negredo's announcement that the Blues won't give up the fight for the Premier League crown until it is mathematically impossible for Manuel Pellegrini's side to regain it.
The website reports: "City play Crystal Palace on Sunday knowing they might be nine points behind Liverpool with four games to play.
"If Liverpool beat Chelsea at Anfield, in a match that directly precedes the game at Selhurst Park, only City will be able to catch them.
"But a Chelsea victory would mean City, who have a superior goal difference, can draw level on points with Brendan Rodgers' side by winning their games in hand.
"And Spanish striker Negredo, who has scored 23 goals in his debut season for City, says his side will not give up the chase."
Quoted in the article, the Beast admits: "It's tough because it is not in our hands. But we are not going to give up the fight.
"We will battle until the end and you never know, teams might slip up along the way somewhere and drop points themselves. There is still a lot of hope in the dressing room. While there are points available it is possible that other sides might make mistakes.
"We have to go all out to win every game. We have four left and we have to win them all and then sit back and see what happens."
You're right, Alvaro. All we can do is concentrate on our own games. If Liverpool do drop points, it's worthless if City can't take advantage!
Elsewhere, talkSPORT have chosen to gaze into the future in a bid to predict potential conclusions in the title race and they lead with the notion that even if Liverpool defeat Chelsea on Sunday, the Reds may still surrender top spot.
A story on the radio station's website reads: "Two years ago, with six matches remaining, City had just suffered what looked like a title-ending defeat away to Arsenal, to leave them eight points behind league leaders Manchester United.
"Comparatively, with six matches of City’s season remaining this time around, they lost 3-2 at Anfield, a result that up until recently left them seven points off the summit – but importantly with two matches in hand.
"Liverpool are undoubtedly in a great position to secure title glory, but as history showed in 2012, what looks like a comfortable points cushion can evaporate quickly.
"In their closing matches that season, United came a cropper against Wigan, before memorably conceding two late goals to draw 4-4 at home with Everton, opening the door for Man City with three games to play.
"This time around, there is less room for such a dramatic swing, but nothing is decided yet. Even with victory over Chelsea, Liverpool's season could hinge on a trip to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace.
"Palace could have a big say in the destination of the Premier League title, and having beaten Chelsea at home recently, now face Man City and Liverpool on their own turf in consecutive weekends.
"Should Man City beat Palace this weekend, then Everton the following Saturday, even if Liverpool beat Chelsea, Manuel Pellgrini's team would be breathing down their necks and the Reds would travel to Palace on Monday 5 May just three points clear.
"In that situation, defeat for Liverpool at Palace would mean that victory for City in their game in hand against Aston Villa would send them top due to their superior goal difference. Complicated, but not entirely inconceivable."
Did you keep up with all that? Bear with me while I nip out to buy an abacus!
And finally, it's time for your daily dose of transfer speculation... and it's talkSPORT who provide it, claiming City are ready to offer Joe Hart to Tottenham in a swap deal for Hugo Lloris.
"French football expert Julien Laurens told talkSPORT on Thursday that Lloris is growing increasingly frustrated with life at White Hart Lane and is likely to push for a move away in the summer," the article states.
"The 27-year-old recently hinted at his displeasure with the side, saying it would be difficult for the team to do any worse next season. And, according to L'Equipe, Manchester City will attempt to lure the France number one to the Etihad this summer.
"Lloris is coveted by free-spending Monaco but does not favour a return to Ligue 1 less than two years after leaving Lyon and may welcome the chance to stay in England with City.
"Manuel Pellegrini is believed to harbour concerns over Hart after dropping him earlier this season and the report claims he could offer the England international to Spurs in a player-plus-cash deal."
Well, I guess we'll have to wait until the summer to find out if that happens!
That's all for today. Check back to mcfc.co.uk tomorrow for what I imagine will be pre-match build-up ahead of what is potentially the most significant day in this season's title race.