Guardian: Jovetic unfazed by competition
- 17 August 2013 08:53
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
Summer signing Stevan Jovetic has revealed that he feels ready to take the Premier League by storm.
The season kicks off on Monday night when Newcastle United visit the Etihad Stadium and in an interview with the Guardian’s Jamie Jackson, Jovetic stated his belief that all of City’s frontmen will have a role to play in 2013/14.
"I don't feel any pressure. I know about how great Tevez and Agüero are as players," he said. "They are fantastic but all I can do is do my best. Replacing Tevez will be a massive task. But I will just give 100% and try to fill those shoes in the best possible way.
"Of course, I'm aware that there are other fantastic forwards here, but there will be a lot of games during the season. Everyone will have an opportunity and the one who deserves it most will play."
For supporters who may not be familiar with Stevan from his time at Fiorentina, the forward also pointed to his favoured positions.
"Obviously, it depends on the tactical system. I like to either play on the left-hand side cutting in or just behind the front striker, playing as a second striker."
Meanwhile, you know a Premier League season is on the horizon when those "managerial mind games" are being referred to in the press.
One so-called master of media manipulation is Jose Mourinho, the returning Chelsea manager, who yesterday dismissed the Manchester clubs achievements over the last two seasons as “nothing special”.
"Do you think Manchester United won the Premier League last year because they were an unbelievable team?" he asked, rhetorically in his pre-match press conference.
"I don't think so. The other contenders didn't have a very good season. It was the same when City won the title. Were they an extraordinary team? I don't think so. Others made so many mistakes that City eventually won the competition.
"I think the champions, in other seasons, were magnificent. In the last two seasons, I've felt 'no'."
"The champions were champions as a consequence of many things, not because they were phenomenal. The other big teams made too many mistakes."
Like he's never been away...
Elsewhere, Gareth Barry has been the subject of transfer speculation all summer after being linked with moves to Arsenal, Napoli and Aston Villa.
A new link has emerged in the last 24 hours, with the midfielder reportedly being lined up by Roberto Martinez’s Everton on a loan deal.
“The 32-year-old has one year left on contract and is still part of Manuel Pellegrini's plans, however, he is unlikely to start and is interested in a temporary deal,” Simon Jones of the Daily Mail reports.
“Everton have concerns over Darron Gibson's fitness after he injured a knee last week and remain wary of bids for Marouane Fellaini or John Heitinga.”
Remember that the only place to read confirmed transfer stories this summer is here on mcfc.co.uk.
And finally, Jesus won’t be the only member of the Navas family plying his trade in Greater Manchester this season.
That’s because the winger’s brother Marco, 30, has joined the ex-Sevilla man in the North West of England, signing on a free transfer for League Two Bury.
Navas Snr can also play on the right of midfield but is a more defensively minded footballer than the new City summer signing.