Poyet: We must be 'spot-on'
- 12 February 2014 07:50
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
Manuel Pellegrini and Jose Mourinho are still grabbing the headlines this morning, with the Chelsea boss having plenty to say about the Blues in recent days.
Horses, Jaguars, Yaya…whatever next?
Elsewhere, City take on Sunderland tonight in the Premier League, before the teams meet again at Wembley in the Capital One Cup final next month.
Black Cats manager, Gus Poyet, reckons his team will have to be “spot-on” to take anything from the game, but admits Sunderland are looking forward to the chance of facing the Blues ahead of the clash in North London.
Speaking to the media before the game, Poyet said: "We need to be realistic. They have got plenty of quality players and that's why they're in the position they are.
"We must be spot-on and do everything right, make sure we're organised to make it difficult for them.
"Saying that, I think it's a game the boys are looking forward to, having the opportunity to play against the team we will face in the cup final. It's a nice game to play."
"Without any doubt, it's going to be physical. We will need to be in good shape but, mentally, we must be strong enough to go and try, as much as we can, to control the game. We can't just let them come forward again and again."
Further ahead, but approaching rapidly on the horizon, is the Champions League tie with Barcelona, which has captured the imagination of the media and footballing world.
The latest to offer his opinion on the match is ITV pundit Lee Dixon, who notes that both teams have been in scintillating form going forward…but that he wouldn’t be overly surprised to see it finish goalless.
Dixon told ITV: “I don’t think Barcelona are as good as they were a year, two years ago. Obviously Messi’s had some injuries but they’re still a formidable side going forward, and playing against a team which seems to be able to score as many goals as it wants whenever it wants.
“I honestly think that game could end up any score you like. You could quite easily get a nil-nil because the teams are both expected to be bombing forward and scoring goals and sometimes when you get that they cancel each other out."
...Lee Dixon on City v Barca...
“Certainly you’d back Man City’s forwards to score against anyone and they’re not the best at the back, Barcelona. It’s whether City can prevent a goal at the other end. That’s probably the key to the tie.”
He added: “Man City can beat anybody on their day. So an English team could quite easily win the Champions League.”
Woah - hold your thoroughbreds there, Lee. Although it’s obviously nice to read such positive comments about the Blues’ chances, it’s not even the quarter finals yet.
One game at a time is definitely Manuel’s mantra.
Finally, Mario Balotelli has spoken of the seemingly one thing he misses in England – the City fans.
The quotes, which appear on Forza Italian Football via FourFourTwo, read: “I miss the fans in England. I don’t miss the food, or the time or matter of driving, but the City fans, yes, I miss them.”
The feeling is mutual, Mario…
City take on Sunderland in the Premier League on Wednesday 12 February in what will be a dress rehearsal for the Capital One Cup Final in March.
Can the Blues avenge the Stadium of Light defeat earlier this season? A night match under the lights at the Etihad and a preview of the forthcoming final - demand is expected to be high as Manuel Pellegrini's side attempt to continue their incredible run.
Don't miss out - ticket details can be found here...