Preview: Liverpool vs Manchester City
Nearing the end of his second month as manager of Manchester City, Noel Gallagher has been giving his thoughts on his short reign at City so far and previewing his side’s crunch game against Liverpool on Saturday.
Manchester City, under Gallagher, have made the start many people would have expected of them. The sky blues have chalked up an impressive 7 wins out of 8 in all competitions and despite a blip at Stoke earlier in the month, have looked - for the most part - strong challengers for the title. The blues are currently sitting just 1 point of top-spot, level on points with Chelsea but behind their cross-town rivals United. However, Gallagher is confident that City can overtake the reds.
“We’ve been getting the results and if we hadn't have slipped up at Stoke we would have been out in front already. It’s still very early on and United are guaranteed to lose games in the future so we just need to keep winning games so that when they do slip up we’re in a position to take full advantage.”
The new style of football City have shown under Gallagher has also been a welcome change at the Etihad. Last season, City often played slow, possession football and found it hard to break down some of the League’s tougher defences. However, this season the blues have displayed a much more attacking brand of play and have managed to find the net in all of their games so far, scoring 17 across all competitions.
“Yeah, I’m pleased with the football we’ve shown so far.”
says Gallagher. “Obviously, the most important thing at the end of the day is the result but if you can play nice football and win games as well – that’s a big bonus. We want to score as many goals as we can but at the same time I also think it’s just as important to keep a clean sheet whenever we can. It’s about getting the right balance between attack and defence in my opinion and I think we’re starting to achieve that.”
Gallagher then fielded several questions regarding the current “injury crisis” City are undergoing and was asked whether having 5 first team players ruled out for the team’s crunch clash against Liverpool would affect their chances in the match.
“I think we’ve been really unlucky, not only with the number of injuries we’ve ended up with at one time but also with the actual players that have been injured, like Sergio [Aguero] and David [Silva] who are massive players for the team. Of course they’ll be missed but that doesn't mean we can’t go to Liverpool and get a result. We’ve got a quality squad and a lot of depth, so I’m still confident and believe we can get the 3 points if we put in a performance I know we’re capable of.”
Finally, Gallagher was asked to sum up his side’s chances when they face Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.
“If we play how I know we can, we’ve got every chance of coming home with the 3 points. Brendan [Rodgers] is a great manager and Liverpool have a nice side but – even with our injury problems – I still think we have an exceptionally strong side and we want to show that on Saturday with a win.”
City go into the game 1-point off leaders United and level with Liverpool and could potentially go top with a win - if other results go their way.
City have 5 players ruled out for the clash but Gallagher says he remains confident that his side can take the 3 points on Saturday