“I think we have a style of play, I think we are an attractive team, I think we score many goals and we are always thinking to score more goals. That to me has the same importance as winning the title. In the way we play, I am very happy to win the title this way” – Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini, with his team on the brink of winning the title, is pleased to have performed with such a swagger.
“The title race is between two horses and a little horse that needs milk and needs to learn how to jump. Maybe next season we can race” – Back in February, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho makes one of several claims that his side cannot win the title, despite an impressive win over City. Interestingly, the other ‘horse’ he refers to is Arsenal, not Liverpool.
“We may be the chihuahuas that run in between the horses’ legs” – Rodgers at that point warns Mourinho not to count his side out
going to be a very tough match.
“But this game is very different to the defeat in the Capital One Cup because City have that pressure of needing a result to win the title.
“And we’re now safe – we want to sign off with a result for our loyal fans and ourselves.”
West Ham have kept six clean sheets since their cup defeat to Manchester City and Adrian is confident his back-line will stay strong and look to hit City on the counter.
He added: “City have a great squad with good attacking players like (Edin) Dzeko, (Alvaro) Negredo, Sergio Aguero, Samir Nasri and (David) Silva.”
“Yet we have proved this season that when we work very hard, which has happened on a number of occasions, we can keep clean sheets.
“We train every day this style – to be strong and united in defence and then counter attack and be good at set-plays.”