Vardy: We can give anyone a game
- 06 February 2016 08:41
- Posted by @roline_mcfc
I think you can probably imagine what is dominating the City-related headlines this morning...
Of course, it's this afternoon's top-of-the-table clash with league leaders Leicester City - and with the match being shown live in 140 countries, it's safe to say there's quite a high level of interest around the globe!
Well, naturally the opposition have shared their thoughts, as Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri and the in-form Jamie Vardy have been speaking to press.
Both declared they are expecting a difficult test at the Etihad Stadium, but feel their side are capable of continuing to produce the spectacular.
Vardy told the Club's official website: "It’s going to be tough, we know that. They’ve got absolutely world class players but we know that we can give any team a game and we’ll be trying our hardest to come home with the three points.
"It doesn’t matter how they play because they’ll come out, attack teams and expect to win. It’s up to us to show that we’re not just going to be pushovers and put in a performance that deserves the victory if we can get it.
"I think that day (the 0-0 draw in December) we gave them a bit too much time on the ball and let them play their game instead of us doing what we know best.
"So we’ll be going to the Etihad with a different mentality and hopefully put in a performance that brings us the points."
In his pre-match preview, he stated: "Every match is the biggest test for us. It's not important the name of our opponent, it's the way we play.
"Our fans continue to dream. That is what we want. We know it's a tough match but from now there will only be tough matches.
"It's an open game as they want to win. We want to win too, so it's open. Both teams want to win, so maybe it will be a draw!
"Manchester City have too many dangerous players. You can play a perfect match but they'll win because they have magicians."
In other news, Club legend Paul Dickov believes the Blues' stars have to prove themselves, ahead of Pep Guardiola's summer arrival.
Quoted in an article on Four Four Two's website, the Scot said: "You don't play for Manchester City and compete for trophies at the top level if you're not mentally tough.
"The players will probably be quite glad that the speculation has been quelled and, if anything, Pep will be watching.
"You talk about competing on all four fronts – if they end up not winning a trophy, is Pep going to keep those players next year?
"They've got to prove that they're successful, that they're hungry and they want to win things, otherwise they'll be out of the door.
"Pep will come in with a clean slate, carte blanche to sign the players that he wants and bring the young players through if he likes.
"If anything, from now until the end of the season, the players are on a bit of a trial."
Finally - as always - there's a morsel of transfer speculation as World Cup winner Ronaldinho has apparently believes City could lure superstar Neymar away from Barcelona.
According to Goal.com, the 35-year-old explained: "Neymar has already stated his desire to play for Pep.
"That was a big statement with most people knowing that Pep would be joining Manchester City in the summer. We know they can pay wages that no other club in Europe has the power to do.
"There has been a lot of talk about Neymar’s future recently, but I believe rumours of a move to Real Madrid are false.
"I will advise him to stay at Barcelona for at least a few more years, but if he wants City and they want him, we know they have the power to make it happen."
That's all for today. Enjoy the game and come on, City!