Zabaleta: This team is very hungry for the title
- 29 April 2014 07:59
- Posted by @roline_mcfc
It may only be Tuesday but the build-up to Saturday's pivotal clash in the Premier League title race has started in earnest.
City travel to Goodison Park in the knowledge three wins in their remaining three games will see them lift the title in yet another thrilling conclusion to a topsy-turvy campaign. With that in mind, it's no surprise the boys in Blue are dominating the headlines.
Quoted in James Riach's article, Zabaleta admitted: "We know we have been in this situation two years ago and the most important thing we have learned from that time is the team spirit, to keep fighting and keep going.
"The champions are the ones who have this habit and we are one of those teams that fight for it. Hopefully, we can continue winning all the games and show one more time that these players, this manager, this team, with the staff still working hard, is very hungry for the title.
"The next game is Everton away and we know it is going to be tough. Everton away has been difficult for us. They are playing for fourth place so nothing is going to be easy and we need to show character, personality. We have got a big chance."
You're right, ZabMan. Now, it's time to take it!
Elsewhere, Simon Bajkowski of the Manchester Evening News shares a positive observation: City are back on track to break their goalscoring record.
He notes: "If the Blues score four more from games against Everton, Villa and West Ham than Liverpool do against Palace and Newcastle, it means Manuel Pellegrini’s men will have outscored their rivals as well as - in all probability if that happens - finished above them.
"That would appear almost as Lazarus-like a comeback as finishing top for City if they were to end the campaign as top scorers.
"For all the gloom that followed the defeat at Anfield, Pellegrini has already delivered one piece of silverware to the Etihad in his first season and is on track for the Premier League, complete with a scoring record.
"It would require something extraordinary for City not to get the one goal required to break their own league high. And if you’re looking for omens, that mark was reached in the 94th minute of the final game of the 2012 season when Sergio Aguero clinched the title."
Oh wow, I've got goosebumps!
Also in the M.E.N, it's reported Yaya Toure feels he is only truly appreciated by City fans but Stuart Brennan insists the midfielder could prove his worth in the best way: by firing the Blues to a second Premier League title.
"Yaya Toure looks like a man fired up by what he sees as a lack of respect for his ability and achievements," Brennan declares. "And if that sense of injustice powers Manchester City all the way to the Premier League title, then no-one at the Etihad Stadium will be complaining too loudly.
"Toure said in a recent interview that only the fans fully appreciate him, and it is true that City fans adore their Ivorian powerhouse, while Barcelona fans voted him as the City player they would most likely to see at the Nou Camp.
"The brilliant strike at Palace on Sunday, which exhibited his strength, passing, pace, touch and finishing skills all in one breathtaking, sweeping move, was his 23rd of the season.
"If City go on to win their final three games, and so lift the Premier League trophy, you get the feeling that Toure will have an important say."
I think you may be right there, Stuart!
And finally, according to the Daily Mail, the Premier League may be forced to borrow a third trophy from a previous champion, if the title race can only be concluded on the final day.
"Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City are separated by only three points at the top of the table - with presentation ceremonies planned for each club's final games should they still be in contention come May 11," states Richard Arrowsmith.
"However, the Premier League only has two trophies - one that is with reigning Champions United and another at its central headquarters in London - so could be forced to bring in a third from a former champion.
"The most likely scenario is that a previous winner from Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City or Blackburn Rovers would lend the League their replica trophy to celebrate this season's triumph."
Well, I guess it saves some poor soul a large chunk of petrol money!
That's all for today. Check back to mcfc.co.uk again tomorrow for another round-up of the morning's City-related media stories.