Fernandinho: Every game is like a Final for us.
- 20 March 2014 07:45
- Posted by @NieldyMCFC
With eyes firmly on this weekend’s home fixture against Fulham, and the Blues’ tricky-looking run-in, the pages of the media (both paper and pixel) this morning are filled with early pre-match build-up and title ambitions…
Gael Clichy is reported as saying that it wouldn’t be enough for City to end the season with just the Capital One Cup in the trophy cabinet. The Blues’ ended their 38-year wait to land the league cup at the start of this month, but the French star is determined to make it a double with the Premier League title come May.
“Just the Capital One Cup won't be enough. If you don't have this energy and desire for winning every single game no matter who you play, then you have nothing to do in City.” says Clichy in Jeremy Cross’ Daily Star report.
“"So the project is fantastic, we are lucky to be here sharing this with the team-mates but, you know, its crunch time and we have to get the points until the end of the season."
“”A title is a title. This year it is not in our pocket yet, but we're going to try hard to give the fans and the kids who support City something to share at the end of the season.
“"We saw it two years ago, the emotion is really high and you cannot beat this. So we have a fair chance if we keep winning like we did at Hull (last weekend) until the end of the season.
“"Basically if we win all the games we are going to be champions, so it's easy to say but not easy to do, but we're going to try really hard to make this happen."”
In the same report, Fernandinho believes that next week’s Manchester Derby at Old Trafford will have a huge impact on the final outcome of the title race, but refuses to see past this Saturday’s clash with the Cottagers:
““That game can change everything. I hope our team will be ready and we can walk the streets without any problems and that our fans can give us some hugs afterwards!
“"Both teams will be motivated. They (United) have a lot of things to be motivated about, and we are motivated about the title race.
“"But right now we need to think just about Fulham, to beat them at home and play well, so we can take some confidence into next Tuesday against United. Maybe we will start to talk about them on Monday, but now it's all about Fulham.
“"People might think Fulham will be an easy game, but there are no easy games - every game is like a Final for us."”
City’s Elite Development Squad boss Patrick Vieira shares his title thoughts with Stuart Brennan in the Manchester Evening News. The French legend, who was influential in the Blues’ 2011 FA Cup victory and first-ever Champions League qualification says that following the defiant victory over Hull, the Blues’ leaders are stepping up to the challenge that awaits.
““If you want to win the title, you need your leaders to be at their best, on and off the field,” said Vieira. “When you look at our first team, there are so many strong characters, and so many leaders.
““There are different ways of being a leader - some are leaders on the field, and some outside of it. But as a team, the way we performed at Hull was a strong message, because to get a red card after 10 minutes and still win showed we are really strong.
““It was not just about character but the way we dictated the game, controlled it, that was fantastic. That game showed a really strong message.”
“When the team is struggling, that is when the leaders come out, and David Silva showed he is a leader (last weekend). He may be very quiet but when he is on the field, he takes the responsibility, and that is the kind of leader you need in your team.
““When I was at Arsenal, that is the person I was. I was a different captain to Tony Adams, who was more vocal than me, but it didn’t stop me being a leader.
““If you have 11 of them on the field, it gives you a much better chance.”
““I have huge respect for Vinny (Kompany) because he is a really determined player,” he said. “He is focussed and works hard, has a good plan and a good way of conducting himself. He is a leader and a real captain - we share the same kind of messages and leadership.””
And finally, Borussia Dortmund director Michael Zorc refuses to be drawn on reports that the German outfit will make a move for Edin Dzeko as they look to replace the departing Robert Lewandowski. Although, in the Express, Zorc states that his club will only “deal with things that are feasible and in perspective, not pie in the sky."
Make of that what you will!