Manchester City to fight for honors in “all four competitions”
Manchester City full back Pablo Zabaleta insists his side is aiming for success on all fronts. The blue side of Manchester will travel to Stamford Bridge this Sunday in an attempt to upset their course for the Premier League trophy. Zabaleta claims his side aren’t only in pursuit of Premier League glory but are aiming “to win all four competitions”.
Under the new manager Manuel Pellegrini, Manchester City has kicked off their season to a stable start. Sitting sixth on the Premier League table, Manchester City are looking strong for a top-four finish. Manchester City is also expected to break their Champions League curse by going deep into the tournament. Manchester City are currently sitting second in Group D.
Zabaleta confidently told the Mirror that Manchester City were striving for success on both domestic and European fronts.
“The manager told us that this time we must aim to win all four competitions,” Zabaleta said. “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.”
Zabaleta also defended the squad Pellegrini has formed this season. The Argentina international claims Pellegrini’s squad is perfectly capable of fighting for silverware.
“We have a better squad now than when we won the title in 2012,” Zabaleta said. “Some big players have left, but some big players have arrived. It feels now like we have at least two top players for every single position in the team. I think the balance we have is very good.
“The manager has a lot of options. The new signings have all brought something different. Negredo, Navas and Fernandinho have settled in very quickly and have already had a big impact. Jovetic and Demichelis haven’t played a lot of games yet, but they will get their chance.”
Zabaleta understands Chelsea is going to be Manchester City’s rivals on all fronts, including the Premier League. The veteran defender believes the Sunday game at Stamford Bridge will be an important part of the buildup in Manchester City’s Premier League campaign.
“Chelsea is now a huge game for both teams,” Zabaleta added. “We had a good record against them last season, but that will mean nothing this time because Jose Mourinho is back. I think there will be a group of teams fighting to the end this time.
“It’s more competitive this year than I can remember. Arsenal have started very well. There are also ourselves, Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool... and we won’t be forgetting about Manchester United.”