Liverpool showdown not a title decider, says Yaya
- 12 April 2014 11:32
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
It’s been 25 years since two English teams met in a straight-up shootout for the title.
The year was 1989 when Liverpool and Arsenal met on a famous final day which saw the Gunners crowned champions thanks to Michael Thomas’s last minute goal at Anfield.
While the home side and the venue may be the same on Sunday, midfielder Yaya Toure is of the opinion that comparisons with that encounter end there.
With seven games to go, City’s top Barclays Premier League goalscorer is sure that upcoming clashes against Sunderland, West Brom, Crystal Palace, Everton, Aston Villa and West Brom are equally decisive to chances of a second title in three years.
“Sunday won’t decide the title because there are too many games still to play,” Toure declared.
"We still have two games in hand and for me, the most dangerous games are the ones against teams who are fighting to stay in the Premier League."
“We still have two games in hand and for me, the most dangerous games are the ones against teams who are fighting to stay in the Premier League.
“Those teams can create problems and I think both Liverpool and Chelsea – like us – both have a couple of these teams to play.
“We saw recently when Chelsea lost to Crystal Palace that the sides near the bottom are capable of anything - they can take a point from you or all three, especially on their own ground where all the people pack the stadium and get behind their team.
“It’s a normal game and we still have six games to go after we play Liverpool.”
Manuel Pellegrini and many of Yaya’s teammates have said they will go to Anfield with the intention of claiming all three points, despite the fact that a draw would hardly be disastrous for City’s ambitions.
This freewheeling approach has characterised the 2013/14 season for the Blues and the same can be said for Sunday’s buccaneering hosts.
For that reason, Toure forecasts an entertaining spectacle for supporters tuning in across the globe.
“It’s going to be a very exciting game and I can’t wait to play in it,” the Ivory Coast international exclaimed.
“We have to focus because we want to come back with three points and we know it’s going to be very difficult but we just have to concentrate on playing to the best of our abilities."
"“Ultimately, the best team on the day will win."
“It’s important we don’t lose this game so if we don’t win, we need to draw because at this stage, every point is so precious.”
The race for the Premier League has come to the boil, so make sure you’re there to lend your support as we bid for a second title in three years.
Tickets are still available for the two of the last first-team games taking place at the Etihad Stadium this season, against Sunderland and West Brom.
They could be decisive clashes, so don’t miss out.