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Lescott On Spurs And Crisis Reports

Ahead of Sunday's mouthwatering clash at The Etihad Stadium, City and England's Joleon Lescott maintains that the rags, rather than our opponents Spurs, are the focus...

Lescott has enjoyed a footballing renaissance at City following a difficult transition from Everton. His form flourished alongside classy City skipper Vincent Kompany and it will be his responsibility in Kompany's ridiculously imposed absence to lead the defensive line against Harold Redknapp's dangerous side:

'No disrespect to Spurs, but we see Manchester United as our main rivals because the are second in the league. We need to focus on the next team behind us and at this moment in time that is United. As much as the points are vital to create a gap between us and Spurs, it's more important to pull away from United.

'...maybe the neutrals want Spurs to win it rather than City or United, but we are not getting involved in any of that...We just do our own thing...People say United have been there before but we've got the experience and the quality to win games. That's the most important thing.'

Despite the anti-City brigade's frustration at the absence of an Etihad implosion, great media strides have been taken on a daily basis to talk up a City crisis. Lescott dismisses this out of hand:

'We have read a lot about pressure. People have said we were cracking up...None of the boys even thought about us cracking up or that something was going wrong. All of a sudden it's being said in papers or on TV that things are going wrong. We were like: 'Wow! We must have arrived if people want us to fail...hold on minute we have just lost two cup games.''

'You cannot go through the season without having a dip in form. We are aware of that, but the main thing is to pick up results when you are not playing so well. There was a lot made of our recent results. The performances were good but you get judged on results. But those results, no disrespect, were in cup competitions. As much as we want to win those cup competitions, we want to win the league more...Our main goal this season has always been the league - and it still is. It's our bread and butter and our performances have been great in the league.'

all times East Manchester
Su 22 Jan 13:30 Spurs, The Etihad, PL
We 25 Jan 19:45 Liverpool, Anfield, LCSF2
Tu 31 Jan 20:00 Everton, Goodison Park, PL
Sa 04 Feb 17:30 Fulham, The Etihad, PL
Su 12 Feb 16:00 Aston Villa, Villa Park, PL
Th 16 Feb 20:05 Porto, Estádio do Dragão, ELR32
We 22 Feb 20:05 Porto, The Etihad, ELR32
Sa 25 Feb 17:30 Blackburn, The Etihad, PL

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Writer: Johnny Baguette VMC Newsdesk Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 18 2012

Time: 1:21PM

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"Our main goal this season has always been the league - and it still is" absolutely Joleon, and in light of this it's a good thing that we sit atop not only the league table but also the league form table.
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18/01/2012 13:44:00

it always was The Rags, Spuds are in a false position IMO, and in Adabayor they hava a striker that they cant or wont afford to pay for, so Lescott is correct it is Manure that we have to watch out for not Spuds, and the points differance proves it too, and as for Goal differance, lets not go there....
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18/01/2012 13:56:00

Well said Joleeeeeen. Nerves are starting to kick in already.
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18/01/2012 14:00:00

You don't get much for a Billion Quid these days do you? - Nerves are jangling already. he's right about one thing, it will most likely be United that lifts the PL trophy Citeh aint get the minerals!
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18/01/2012 14:28:00

All the motivation we need, nice one Joleeeen !! COYS
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18/01/2012 14:31:00

Michael, where does he say U*d will most likely lift the PL trophy, that's word twisting of tabloid proportions if ever I saw it. I'll ask again mate, where are you getting the figure of £1billion from? I asked the last time you said it on here but got no response, why is that?
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18/01/2012 14:32:00

Keep it coming Jolean. Doing Harry's team talk for him? Very generous :) The team at the top shouldnt worry about those around them. Just concentrate on winning each match and the title will take care of itself.
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18/01/2012 14:38:00

Etrilad, can you please explain how Lescott stating the obvious would motivate Spurs players? VDV on the other hand claiming that City are letting the pressure get to them has given the City players plenty of motivation.
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18/01/2012 14:39:00

Same question to you Strings, how will Joleon saying our main threat is U*d but also acknowledging that it's a three horse race motivate the Spurs players?
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18/01/2012 14:43:00

Beacuase he stated it. If its obvious, why state it?
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18/01/2012 14:58:00

He was answering a question, what exactly from what he said would motivate the Spurs players?
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18/01/2012 15:00:00

It's a statement aimed at undermining the threat spurs pose and one that I would like to be proved wrong. Reckon the spurs players wouldn't see it too differently. Simples!
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18/01/2012 15:12:00

No it's not, it's the opposite, he acknowledges the threat by saying it's a three horse race. All he says is U*d are a bigger threat at the moment because they are closer to us.
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18/01/2012 15:14:00

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18/01/2012 15:25:00

Etrilad, your 'z' button appears to be jammed on your keyboard.
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18/01/2012 15:28:00

Cor, I wish these Spuds fans would stop with these sophisticated 'mind games'...they're really making me doubt myself and my club.
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18/01/2012 15:46:00

You Spuds fans really are wired. It was only last week VanderSmaartArse was spouting about a City meltdown. City then win away, Spuds draw at home. Then, what can only be described as the most remotely disparaging remark, sparks a wave of "motivational" spew from the fans. Ever stopped to think why Lescott may have said what he said? We're top of the league. The Rags, who have won 12 out of 19 Premier League titles since its' inception, are second and only 3pts behind. Spuds (who are seemingly content with a Champions League place) are 5pts behind and have never won the epl title. Capiche??? Christ almighty.
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18/01/2012 16:03:00

Another victory for the headline writers who realise that the majority of football fans don't actually bother to read the article itself. JOLEON LESCOTT SAYS SPUDS ARE POOOOO! Erm, except he didn't. Gotta love the bilge-swallowing sheep, lord knows there's a lot of 'em about these days.
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18/01/2012 16:28:00

i cant see a problem in what he's said other than its pretty stupid as he is literally just stating the obvious. lol id take 3rd now if i could maybe even 4th as long as arsenal are below us. most i can see is a draw for us on sunday and im preparing myself for a loss. gonna be hard playing without ade with him being a premier league ever present since september. we have to change our whole style of play without him.
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18/01/2012 19:29:00

Saturday will be a big pressure game and so far City have failed in the big pressure matches due to lack of experience and true belief (Bayern, Napoli ,Chelsea,Sunderland, and recent Cup Ties ) However if they win this weekend and they should on paper they could kick on a to an impressive run .
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18/01/2012 23:06:00

Big pressure games? Hmmm...U*d at the swamp, Spurs at WHL, Liverpool at Abfield, an unbeaten Newcastle at home, a top of the form table Arsenal at home following our first defeat, Villareal home and away.
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18/01/2012 23:44:00

There's nothing in his words that writes anyone's team talk unless you're one of those lowest common denominator types that these papers target, who read the headline and ignore the actual content of the story. Lescott says himself on Twitter to read the story and says "the title race is wide open".
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18/01/2012 23:53:00

Indeed the title is open and 3 points is not a huge differential the games coming up soon will shape the league but its still advanatge City .But sometimes its harder being favourites with all the expectation .
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19/01/2012 18:06:00

All the best v Spurs.
Blue is the colour
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20/01/2012 14:17:00

Thanks BITC.
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20/01/2012 16:40:00

One player I cannot stand is Lescott - anyway - I hope Spuds beat ya City, but I do think really you will win comfortably
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