Rodgers: It'll be tough for City.
- 05 May 2014 08:11
- Posted by @NieldyMCFC
We’re into the final seven days of the season with excitement and drama set to reach boiling point as we build-up to City’s home double header against Aston Villa and West Ham.
Two wins for the Blues and barring some kind of remarkable scoring feat from Liverpool, the Barclays Premier League trophy will stay in Manchester but will be adorned once again in the famous sky blue and white.
All eyes will be on Selhurst Park tonight where Brendan Rodger’s side take to the field against resurgent Crystal Palace with the Merseyside reds looking to temporarily wrestle top spot in the league back from Pellegrini’s men. A Liverpool win will end Chelsea’s title hopes following their goalless draw against Norwich at Stamford Bridge yesterday.
The pixelated and paper pages of the media this Bank Holiday Monday morning are therefore littered with quotes from the Liverpool boss who takes the opportunity to fire a few words of warning towards the Etihad Stadium.
“”Manchester City need to win all their games which means they will have won five games in a row and they have only done that once this season, so it will be a wee bit new for them as well," Rodgers said, as quoted in Ian Herbert’s Independent piece.
“"It is certainly not over by a long way."
Andy Hunter’s Guardian write-up carries the same cautious message from the Northern Irishman:
“”It is a tough ask for City," the Liverpool manager said. "To play three games at this stage of the season that really, really matter is a real tough ask. Aston Villa are an incredible team on the counterattack and better away from home, and West Ham on their day can be a really difficult opponent.”
“”We definitely expect to win it, as a team at the top you always expect to win.
"”We have worked so hard this year and if we don't win, it would be a massive disappointment for us, for the fans and for the club as well.
"”This win (over Everton) puts us in a very, very good position but we have to be careful because if you remember in 2012 our last game against QPR, the last minute was unbelievable.
“"We were dying and Aguero saved us right at the end. I don't want to live through something like that again, it was almost too much for my heart.
“"I think the supporters would say like me that we don't want to live through that again.
“"I hope this time, in these two games, we can make a difference earlier and get the wins early. We need to be well prepared for these games and not make it so close as last time."
There are 47,000 others still recovering from that day two years ago who are praying you’re right, Yaya!
A lot has been said of Joe Hart’s inspired performance at Goodison Park on Saturday. Manuel Pellegrini has hailed the England number one’s influence of his side’s title push in the second half of the season claiming that the decision to sit Hart out of a number of games back in October has produced the desired reaction:
“”Of course I think not only today (at Goodison Park), the second round of Joe has been a very good performance. One of the good things that we did this year was to talk to him and sit him (out) some games because he was in a very bad moment but he reacted as a professional player, the number one in England.” Manuel says in the Manchester Evening News.
Have an enjoyable Bank Holiday Monday everyone, and strap yourself in for the ride over the next seven days. We’ll be with you every step of the way!