Negredo laments over Man City’s FA Cup replay with Blackburn
Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo claims the FA Cup replay with Blackburn Rovers is “the last thing” his side needed. Manchester City’s depleted squad were looking forward to enjoying some time off from football following the festive period, but their unfinished FA Cup venture has called the Eastlands back to work.
Manchester City, who won the FA Cup in 2011 and reached the final last year, will have to abandon their winter break plans in United Arab Emirates to play against a Championship team Blackburn Rovers for a second time on January 15.
The crowded fixture list of Manchester City shows that the English team has already played 11 games since the start of December and this would be the 12th in their festive streak – and they aren’t done out of the hot water just yet.
“There are a lot of games in January and maybe the last thing we wanted is another game but we did the right things and the rules are we have to play another game,” Negredo said.
Negredo gave Manchester City the lead on his FA Cup debut, but his goal was equalized by their opponents skipper Scott Dann following a blunder from goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon. Negredo hopes his side will remain on their toes for the entire game this time round.
“It is difficult to play against a team that put a lot of pressure (on us),” Negredo added. “They also played long balls to their striker [Rudy Gestede] and that made it difficult for us. In the end they did well and they forced the replay.”
Manchester City have the opportunity to pick up a treble this season, although the task will be a Herculean one. Manchester City, who are second in the Premier League are strong contenders to win the Capital One Cup and show promise to go deep into the Champions League this season.
“It is possible because we are alive in the four competitions but obviously we know it will be very difficult,” Negredo added. “If we have any chance of doing that we have to play 100 per cent in all the games we have.”