Sagna hungry for more success this season
- 12 March 2016 07:49
- Posted by @MPHenson
Bacary Sagna and Manuel Pellegrini on the Premier League run in, plus news outlets analyse the title race...
We start our media round-up with Bacary Sagna stating his desire to win three trophies this season.
The Frenchman’s quotes feature in the Mirror this morning and he says that City are not prioritising any competition, but are focusing on each game as it comes and see where it leaves them at the end of the season.
Sagna is quoted as saying: “Yes, we want to win the Champions League but we are desperate to win the Premier League.
“We have been dropping points, yes, but other teams have been struggling and dropping points also.
“We are not giving more importance to one competition over the other. We just want to go game-by-game.
“I train with the guys every day. I witness their desire first-hand. I can see the attitude that we have on the pitch and when we prepare.
“We could have done better in the league, yes. But we are still in two competitions. We’ve won the League Cup and in the past we have won the title twice.
“So it is an experience we have been through before and I’m very pleased to have the possibility to do it this season.”
Ahead of today’s game against Norwich, ESPN have been analysing City’s title run in and take a trip down memory lane to the 2011/12 season when the Blues were in a similar situation.
Simon Curtis scribes: “Their record against fellow members of the top six is deplorable. They must, therefore, make hay in East Anglia against a side that has won a single point from their last 27 available and begin a charge up the table that will see the leading pack begin to look over their shoulders in angst.
“There are still 10 big games for City to play; they're capable of winning at least eight of them. Do this -- and pick up a draw from the other two -- and they will find themselves there or thereabouts when the medals are handed out on May 15.”
Manager Manuel Pellegrini hosted his weekly press conference on Friday and his quotes are featured in many news outlets reports this morning.
One of them is the Daily Mail and the 62-year old believes that City will need to pick up at least 27 points to give themselves a chance of winning the Premier League.
Pellegrini is quoted as saying: “We need to win at least nine games. The most important thing is that we don’t have margin of error. We must win if we want to continue being involved in the title to the very end.
“If the gap is 10 points in this moment with one game in hand, it will be very difficult if we don’t win all the games.
“For me, the most important thing is to reduce the gap in the next four games. We need to win those four games and then we’ll see how the other teams manage the pressure between now and the end of the season.
“At least then if Leicester or Tottenham win the title it’s because they won all their games and not because we couldn’t win ours.”
And finally, Jamie Redknapp has been looking at the four teams that stand a chance of claiming the title in his blog on Sky Sports.
Focusing on City, Redknapp writes: “If you put yourself into the Leicester dressing room right now - where's the danger? Which team do you fear the most?
“Tottenham haven't won in three, including the cup games, and how damaging will that defeat against Dortmund be? Aston Villa looks like a gimme for them but they have tough games to come. There's a good gap to Arsenal, and they also have some big away games ahead of them.
“But Man City - because they've been there, seen it, done it - they would be the team that bother me the most, if I was a Leicester player. I know they will still be seven points behind if they win their game in hand but you look at their squad and think surely they're going to go on a run.
“I'm not saying City will go on a run but, if you're a Leicester player, that's what you'll be thinking.
“Theoretically they could win every game and win the league. Until they can't mathematically do it I would still be nervous of them.”