Man City striker Dzeko believes Manchester derby win will be “crucial” in title race
Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko claims the emphatic 3-0 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford would prove to be “crucial” in campaign for the Premier League title. The Bosnian striker believes the victory in the Manchester derby has provided Manchester City with the edge they needed in the title bid.
Dzeko, who scored the third quickest Manchester derby goal which came within 45 seconds of first whistle, was responsible for a brilliant brace at Old Trafford. Dzeko scored in both halves of the game before a late third goal was added by midfielder Yaya Toure to ensure that it was Manchester City that went away with the three points.
Manchester City are now only three points away from the current league leaders, Chelsea, and they still have two games in hand. From the looks of it there should be a new league leader within a matter of a week.
Despite being favorite for the league title, Dzeko believes his side needs will face tough competition from Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal in the title race. The Bosnia international feels all top-four teams can contend for the Premier League title.
“I think before the game we had three games less than Chelsea and this game was very important for us,” Dzeko told Sky Sports 1. “Now we are only three points behind and still two games less. This game could be crucial at the end of the season. I think there are four teams that want to win the title and everyone's got a chance. There are still eight or so games so everything's to play for.”
Dzeko was the key to Manchester City’s win over Manchester United at Old Trafford. The striker’s early goal had the Red Devils chasing the Eastland within a minute of the game. Manchester City had a number of other close chances at scoring, but they got squandered away.
“I think it was an amazing game for us from the first to the last minute,” Dzeko added. “We were amazing. We just wanted to start playing our game from the first minute, playing them high and trying to score an early goal, which we did. Then it was all about us. There could have been another one (an early goal) but we got two in the second half so we have to be happy.”