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All eyes on Stamford Bridge

  • 27 October 2013 09:59
  • Posted by @mccarthy_mcfc

All eyes will be on Stamford Bridge this Sunday afternoon as the Sky Blues look to continue their away form against Jose Mourinho’s side.

As expected, there is plenty of pre-match coverage in this morning’s papers for what many have labelled a test of title winning ambitions.

The race for the Premier League crown is wider than that however, according to our very own midfield maestro, David Silva.

“Silva believes that on current form, and the way they have started the season, Arsenal and Liverpool have to be considered among the favourites for the title. In addition to Manchester City, of course, and Sunday's opponents at Stamford Bridge, reports The Guardian’s Paul Wilson.

Silva said: “I'm sure Chelsea will be fighting it out for the title as the season progresses.”

“This game is very important, it could be quite decisive. We have never won at Chelsea since I came to City, but we'll be doing everything we can to end that run. Stats are made to be broken, though Chelsea are very strong at home. They are a good side anyway, but even stronger at home.”

Elsewhere, the Daily Mirror carries an exclusive interview with Pablo Zabaleta who has apparently laid out the squad’s aims for the season.

“Pablo Zabaleta has never been a player to take any ­prisoners,” writes Simon Mullock.

“So when Manchester City’s rugged Argentine right-back fixes you with the kind of cold-eyed stare he normally reserves for wingers and says that he has set his sights on winning every trophy that’s on offer this season, it’s wise to take him at his word.”

“Zabaleta is unwavering in his belief that the squad at Manuel Pellegrini’s disposal is the best he has been a part of in the five years since City recruited him from Espanyol for £6.5million.”

Zabaleta said: “The manager told us that this time we must aim to win all four ­competitions.”

“The Premier League and the Champions League are the most important options for every team, but he is also serious about winning the FA Cup and the Capital One Cup. It’s what you should be aiming for when you want to be the best.

“The manager always tells us that we have the squad to challenge in everything and that he will always try to put a strong team to win every game.

“Last season hurt us. We finished second to United and lost the FA Cup Final and this club cannot accept silver medals.

“That experience has made us more focused, I think.”

Finally, in addition to doing battle on the pitch, the two clubs are also set to go head to head for the signature of Porto's Nicolás Otamendi, according to Sport Witness.

“Ahead of the Sunday afternoon showdown, both clubs are also in a battle for Porto's Nicolás Otamendi and it's a rumour which is growing throughout Europe,” the website claims.

“TMW say there's a battle and A Bola also cover it, saying Manchester City are sending scouts and rushing their interest because of the other clubs involved.

“It's all different to what Spanish newspaper Marca reported at the beginning of the month, claiming that a deal to take Otamendi to Chelsea was already done and that the player would be reporting to Jose Mourinho next season.”

Remember everything you read is mere speculation and we here at mcfc.co.uk will be first to bring you any transfer news in the coming months.

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