Larsson: We have the confidence to beat City
- 08 November 2013 09:07
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
The build-up has already started to this weekend’s Premier League clash with Sunderland, and Seb Larsson has come out fighting.
The Black Cats have won two of their last three games under Gus Poyet, and have a decent record against City in recent seasons.
Larsson has told the press there will be no fear factor when the Sky Blues visit the Stadium of Light on Sunday afternoon.
He is quoted in the Daily Express as saying: "At home, in front of a big crowd backing us, we have shown we can do it as we have beaten them before in previous seasons. We know we have the confidence of beating them before, but if we are being honest we will have to play the perfect game to beat them again. Why not do that on Sunday?
"It will need all of us, from one to 11 to be at our very best to get a result, but we can do it as we have shown in the past.”
Fighting talk, Seb…
Elsewhere, Christmas decorations have started going up (no, really), so it must be time for transfer gossip to start hogging the headlines as January gets ever closer.
Regular readers of the media round up will remember the name Edinson Cavani, who was linked again and again (and again) over the summer – and guess what, he’s back!
ForzaItalianFootball.com, which has translated a report from French media outlet Le10Sport, reports that the PSG striker could look to leave the Ligue 1 club at the end of the year because he is fed up of competing with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
City are reported to still be interested in landing the Uruguayan should he become available.
The report reads: “The 26-year-old just recently joined the French side over the summer from Napoli for a record breaking fee of around €64 million, but it is believed that he may be considering his options due to competition in the team’s line up.
“According to Le10Sport, the Uruguayan international isn’t fond of his role at the club, as he constantly has to compete with star forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, though he’s still managed a successful run in Ligue 1 thus far.
“It’s expected that the striker has already begun discussing his next destination with his entourage, with big European clubs such as Chelsea and Manchester City having reportedly renewed their interest in landing the player’s services.”
Closer to home, City’s on loan midfielder, Abdi Ibrahim, is said to be attracting interest from around Europe and the Daily Star claims that three English clubs have joined the chase.
David Wright notes: “Premier League trio Everton, Hull and Crystal Palace have joined Newcastle in the race for Manchester City midfielder Abdisalam Ibrahim.
“The 22-year-old midfielder, who has been compared to former Citzen Patrick Vieira in his playing style, is understood to have been told he is allowed to find a new club in January.
“A host of European sides, including Sevilla, Espanyol, Real Betis, Lyon, Lille, Saint-Etienne, Bordeaux, Galatasaray and Fenerbahce, have all been linked with a move for the centre-midfielder, but he might yet be tempted to stay at Stromsgodset when his loan contract expires.”
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