Writer: Johnny Baguette
Date:Wednesday November 4 2009
Th'official site have had a chat with Pablo Zabaleta in the build up to City's home game at Burnely which now has a degree of pressure attached...
Interesting to hear the battling Zaba's views amid repeated speculation from hacks initially in Italy and now in England that he is off to Juventus in January. He catches Planet Blue's mood going into a crucial game in the context of a season with lofty ambitions:
'The next game is now very important. It is a good opportunity because we are playing at home and we need three Premier League points to stay up there. After the draws, we really need to win now, especially as we are going into the international break. It is a long time until the next game against Liverpool, and we want to be fourth during that time. It's important to us that we are in a Champions League position going into the break.'
Zaba went on to assess what City can expect from another side who will not thrown in the towel easily, despite a huge difference in resources:
'Birmingham were stronger than I expected. We tried to play our football and had some chances, but they were at home and made it difficult for us...even though we had a clean sheet, we were really disappointed because we lost a big chance to win after our run of draws.'
Despite a tendency to over excitedly dive in and despite his sending off at Wigan, Zaba has proved a steadier option at right back than Micah Richards who increasingly gets dragged into wrestling matches with rival forwards. He's always eager to support SWP along the right wing and get crosses into the box.
..and of those links abroad:
'The beginning of the season was so different for me...we all have to fight for our place, but I am enjoying it. I'm trying to play my best football and I have no problem playing right back or midfield. The manager can play me where he likes.'
This is the sort of commitment Manchester City needs in an important season.
TWO THOUSAND AND BEYOND - JOIN VITAL MANCHESTER CITY:
Vital Manchester City was the fastest growing Independent City Website last season and has a membership now standing at over 1900 strong. We're targeting 2000 members by the turn of the year. There's more to come - Get on board and join the debates in the VMC Forums as City aim to consolidate their place in the top four.
Date:Wednesday November 4 2009
Pellegrini - International Break Suits Us (Wednesday September 2 2015)
City Announce CL Squad (Wednesday September 2 2015)
Pozo Returns To Spain (Tuesday September 1 2015)
Denayer Heads To Turkey (Monday August 31 2015)
Duo In Team Of The Week (Monday August 31 2015)
Deadline Day Tomorrow (Monday August 31 2015)
Audio - Kompany Relishing De Bruyne Arrival (Sunday August 30 2015)
De Bruyne Confirmed (Sunday August 30 2015)
De Bruyne Almost Signed & Sealed (Sunday August 30 2015)
The Ped Report... City 2-0 Watford (Sunday August 30 2015)
|8.||Colin Is The King||4|
|1. Man City||4||4||0||0||+10||12|
|2. Crystal Palace||4||3||0||1||+3||9|
|3. Leicester City||4||2||2||0||+3||8|
|5. Man Utd||4||2||1||1||+1||7|
|Noble Red Card Rescinded But……
» West Ham : 03/09/2015 13:02:00
|Chelsea Had a Rival for Hector?
» Chelsea : 03/09/2015 12:55:01
|The Vital Villa Player Of August 2015
» Aston Villa : 03/09/2015 12:45:01
|On The Right Lines: According to Levy.
» Spurs : 03/09/2015 12:14:00
|Got A Johnson Replica Shirt?
» Norwich : 03/09/2015 12:13:01