Kompany: The QPR game will help us a lot
- 10 May 2014 08:30
- Posted by @roline_mcfc
As the season finale edges closer, the build-up to the most important game in City's campaign becomes more and more intense.
Everyone's talking about it. And why not? As if the final day of the season isn't a big deal already, the Blues are a win away from securing the Premier League title! Plus, if they do so, they'll have once again defied all odds and proved to the world that fighting until the end can certainly pay off. Isn't it just fantastic?!
Ahem, enough of my pre-match partisan ramblings... what are the media saying ahead of the game?
Well, SkySports.com lead with a story from Manuel Pellegrini's press conference, where the Chilean revealed he will seek to remain a calming influence for his players with the composed demeanour he has acquired throughout his years in the game.
Quoted in an article on the website, he declares: "As a player, I was a different character to the one I am today but to prepare to be a manager, I think you must change a lot of things.
"One of things I was absolutely sure I must change was my character. You have to understand you are not a player and have another attitude with the players.
"I know how to control [my nerves]. After so many years, it is very important to control your emotions because when you have to take decisions under emotion, normally you do it the wrong way.
"I think it is very important of the manager to be calm, to try to repeat what we did the whole year. I am not complacent because I talk with the players every day about what we must do.
"They are good players with lots of experience and I think they agree with me we must not change anything and try to win the game."
Elsewhere, in the Manchester Evening News, the subject of City's previous title win has reared its head again - not that I'm complaining! (I could discuss that topic in vivid detail for hours - maybe days...)
Anyway... it's Vincent Kompany that's talking about it today, insisting the Blues are taking vast encouragement from the success of that campaign - particularly its climax.
"That [the QPR game] will help us a lot," states our skipper. "I think that perhaps the reason we nearly lost that game was because it was the first time we'd ever been in that position.
"But now we've got that first time out of the way, it feels like the path is more clear. It's still difficult – we are favourites and the pressure is different now – but it's more like you know where you are going and you know what you need to do.
"It's my job to feel that and think that we will be champions. Every day on the training pitch I see we have a great team and a great group of guys, and there is never any doubt in my mind that this team deserves to win trophies.
"We have a chance to win the title and we have do everything we can to take it."
Aye, aye captain!
News now from our opponents' side and according to Chris Wheeler of the Daily Mail, Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is determined to spoil City’s title party if only to fulfil his wish to see Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard win his first Premier League title.
"From a neutral’s point of view, everybody would like to see Liverpool win it," suggests 'Big Sam'. "From a personal point of view, I'd like to see Steven Gerrard win it.
"City’s goal record is fantastic and they've got great players. But every West Ham player can give his best because we know we're safe in the Premier League, so let's go and spoil City’s party."
Well, let that be a lesson to all of you who've said West Ham have nothing to fight for... Fortunately though, not everyone shares Mr Allardyce's view.
Goal.com's Jamie Dunn believes - if the Blues are top of the pile come tomorrow evening - they'll have deserved their place there.
"Manchester City are on the verge of a second Premier League title, having eventually swaggered their way to the top of the table," he writes.
"There have been setbacks - some early-season teething problems cast doubts over their credentials, while a recent defeat to Liverpool almost spelt the end for their title assault - but Manuel Pellegrini's side need a win at home to West Ham to guarantee that they will lift the league trophy again, while a point is almost certain to suffice.
"And having wowed football fans with some ruthless and equally entertaining displays - scoring five, six or even seven goals in a game - Manchester City are the champions-elect that this incredible season deserves."
Why thank you.
That's all for today, folks. Make sure to check back to mcfc.co.uk before the game tomorrow for another media round-up, which'll almost certainly be full of more pre-match build-up.