Jovetic: I aim to make a big impact on the title race
- 15 March 2014 07:50
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
It’s the middle of March and the finish line of an intriguing league season is slowly coming into view – whatever the size of your horse.
Expect a lot of talk about the possible destination of the Premier League title in the next few weeks, and not just from the usual suspects.
Today is absolutely no exception, with several players from a variety of clubs keen to have their say.
We’ll begin with Stevan Jovetic, who isn’t scared to admit he thinks City can win the title – and he wants to make sure it’s with his help.
Jovetic told the Manchester Evening News: “I aim to score the goals that get us the points to win the title. I believe I can have a big impact in the remainder of the season.
“The fans have not yet seen the real Jovetic but they will – as soon as possible. I am confident that when I come back I will score goals, I aim to prove a lot.”
He added: “We have tough games away - all of which will be like derbies and not easy. I showed in so many big games for Fiorentina I can score.
“When I was fit (here) I showed what I can do, I scored against Chelsea and Tottenham which were important games. We need to just be calm and go step by step and we believe we can do it.”
If Jovetic is keen to chat about his own team’s chances then one player definitely not following his example is Petr Cech.
The Chelsea goalkeeper is firmly toeing his manager’s party line and insists City remain favourites – although no sign of horses or any other animal in his comparisons.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Cech said: "They are the main title rivals and favourites and now even more when they have three games in hand. If they manage to win those games then they will be ahead.
"The advantage with City is that they are out of the FA Cup so they have nothing more to play apart from the Premier League, so they can purely concentrate on that. Whereas we hope to progress to the Champions League and if you play it sometimes can be much harder.”
Another player with this approach is former City and Chelsea man, Daniel Sturridge. The striker heads to Old Trafford this weekend as Liverpool take on Manchester United, but he doesn’t think a win there will change anything in the title race.
(Although he names Chelsea as favourites as well as the Blues, so not sure Mourinho would approve…)
Sturridge is quoted in the Express as saying: "I don't think winning at the weekend is going to change anything in regards to the title race, we are still four points behind and there are still teams ahead of us.
"Chelsea and Manchester City, if they win their games in hand, are the favourites for me so I would just say that we are looking to play our football."
Finally, for something a little different, ahead of today's clash at the KC Stadium Hull manager Steve Bruce has praised the long-standing support of City fans.
He said: "The one thing you can never take away from them is the support. I remember them dropping down to Division Two and they'd have 30,000 every week.
"They've got a magnificent, truly loyal support.
"After being in the city for 10 years, they were always unbelievably well supported.
"In that respect, they are a truly big club.”
Well that’s it for now folks, and I hope that little lot has whetted your appetite for today’s early kick off with the Tigers – if indeed it needed whetting! Join us on mcfc.co.uk for our Match Day Centre or follow us on twitter for all the build up, live coverage and post-match reaction. See you then…