Big Sam plays down Blues test
- Sat 03 Nov 2012, 9:07AM
- Posted by David Clayton
Sam Allardyce claims he will be talking down the visit of City this afternoon in a bid to keep some of his stars on the leash.
The West Ham boss, speaking to London 24, believes no pep talk is needed ahead of a home game against the Blues – whether this is the right tactic or not won’t be known until around half-seven UK time this evening!
London 24 report: “West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has revealed that he has to try and demotivate some of his players for games like Manchester City.
“The reigning champions make the trip to Upton Park on Saturday for a keenly anticipated fixture.
“And Allardyce knows that it is easier to motivate a side for the Citizens than it is for the likes of Wigan.
“He said: ‘These are easier games to say to the players, look you know, if I have to do anything I have to demotivate them because they’re so hyper for it, they’re so up for it, they’re so ready for it and they so want to prove themselves against a team like Manchester City these days.
“’You know, Manchester City have to live with that. They’ve won the Premier League for the first time, for a long, long, time. That expectation level grows.”
Elsewhere, Edin Dzeko admits he is obsessed with bringing home a second successive title with the Blues.
Our Bosnian superstar will be hoping for the nod at Upton Park today, though he accepts the strike force will continue to be rotated throughout the campaign and, in the feature, written by The Sun’s Geoff Sweet, reaffirms his commitment to City.
“Who can forget his last-minute goal in the thrilling 3-2 victory over QPR back in May — before Aguero had the final say — that helped City clinch their first-ever Premier League title?” writes Sweet.
“Bosnia-Herzegovina star Dzeko, 26, said: ‘There are rumours about my future in England, Italy or Spain but I’m saying nothing.
“’I am all about Manchester City and the deal I have here. It’s my obsession to win the title again with City.
“’Roberto Mancini is the boss and I accept his orders. He’s always talking to us and is satisfied with my work.
“’To play in a team like City’s is easy because of the quality of my companions. Every forward thinks he should be in the team but it’s up to each of us to give him problems over who he selects.
“’I treat every training session as though it’s a proper match to show Mancini how much I want to play.
“’Obviously it’s frustrating to be on the bench but that’s how it is in English football. The season is long and I will get chances, so I need to be ready.
“’Nobody promised me a place in a title-winning side. I was very happy with my goals at West Brom and look forward to many more.
“’Still, I hope to face West Ham. They’ve improved a lot but we need to beat them and then Ajax in the Champions League next week.’”