Telegraph: Make mine a treble, says Lescott
- 27 February 2014 07:30
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
Feel free to speed up, Wembley week, you’re dragging by…
The Capital One Cup final is still three days away and the build-up certainly ramps up online and in the newspapers you’re waking up to this morning.
We start with Joleon Lescott who has put on record his desire to complete a domestic treble before his possible exit in the summer.
The City defender admits that he could have left the club in January but decided to stay for the chance to add a second Premier League medal, another FA Cup title and a first League Cup to his collection before the end of the season.
“We are going to be at Wembley for the Capital One Cup final and it’s going to be a great occasion,” Lescott is quoted as saying in the Telegraph. “I want to be part of it. That was something I thought about when deciding to stay in January and what we could achieve.
“And if I can leave having won two league titles and a domestic treble this season, then that would be perfect.
"I could have gone in January, but I started the campaign and felt I’ve played enough games in competitions to warrant my place in the squad and some games in the team.”
Elsewhere, Javi Garcia has been taking stock of his time at the club so far.
The Spanish midfielder concedes that he found it difficult to build up momentum in a stop-start first season but now he is feeling the appreciation from the stands and playing regular football, he is getting to the level he always knew he could reach in England.
"It was hard last season because I was only involved occasionally and I found it difficult to get into a rhythm because I might play one or two games and then I wouldn't play for the next two or three - or be on the bench,” Garcia said on SkySports.com.
"That makes it impossible to get to the level you know you are capable of. That only comes when you have a run of games, so last season was very stop-start for me."
"There have been times when it hasn't been so easy. Sometimes in the quieter moments of a game, you can hear the fans maybe aren't happy with you.
"But things have been different recently and I know I have heard them getting behind me which helps me more."
Javi also revealed his excitement at the prospect of playing at Wembley again – a stadium he describes as one of the best he’s ever played in.
"I played against Chelsea at Wembley (in the FA Cup semi-final) last season and it was the first time I'd been there in the flesh,” Garcia stated.
"I was in awe, if I'm honest, and it is one of the best stadiums I've ever played in.
"Now we have the opportunity to play there against Sunderland and if we can beat Wigan in the FA Cup quarter-finals we'll be going there again - so we'll be doing our best to make sure we have three Wembley appearances this season."
Looking slightly further ahead, Jesus Navas has been discussing the upcoming second leg of the UEFA Champions League last 16 tie against FC Barcelona.
City have a two-goal deficit to make up in the Camp Nou, but the winger believes that nothing is impossible when the teams meet in a fortnight’s time.
"We are still alive in everything," the Spain international told the Manchester Evening News.
"I think we have a good enough team to have a chance in all four."
"There are a lot of games. But the reason is because we are battling on every front. It's not a complaint.
"I think we can go there (Barcelona) and make a statement… we will fight to the end.”
And finally, Samir Nasri bumped into teammate Sergio Aguero at the Phones4You Arena in Manchester city centre last night.
The French star was watching Beyonce when this meeting took place and he took to Instagram to share a video of himself struggling with the lyrics of “Halo” and Sergio dancing – eagerly!
Not just me who feels awkward when caught on camera at a gig, then… there’s some comfort in that.