Javi Garcia has full confidence in Manchester City’s ability to
‘chase down’ Manchester United and defend their Premier League
A derby defeat to the Red Devils at the Etihad Stadium saw City
slip six points adrift of their arch-rivals in the race to secure
City were, however, able to bounce back with an impressive
display in a 3-1 victory over Newcastle United, suggesting they
have already got the derby result out of their system.
Garcia believes Roberto Mancini’s side can now kick on through
the festive period and into the New Year, with Saturday’s showing
on Tyneside letting United know that they are not going to have
things all their own way.
“I don’t know if it’s the best half, but we definitely played
very well,” the Spanish midfielder said in the Manchester Evening
“If we maintain those standards I think we can chase down
“If we play as well as that, we are going to be very difficult
to stop and, if we continue to have that attitude, we’ll be very
hard to beat.”
The Premier League title battle is already considered to be a
two-horse race, with City and United expected to slug it out until
the end of the season.
Garcia believes it would be foolish to rule out the likes of
Chelsea just yet, but concedes that pipping Sir Alex Ferguson’s
side to the post should be enough to see the Blues get their hands
on major silverware.
He added: “I don’t agree that only United can stop us winning
it. The good thing about the Premier League is that anyone can pull
off a surprise.
“There are other teams who can push up the table and challenge
for the title. But if we finish above United, I think we will win
“It’s still very early, there are still a lot of games left to
play, so it is too soon to just say it is only the two of us.
Chelsea are not far away.”
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