Garcia: City can catch United

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

domestic dominance.

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

Manchester United.

“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

the league.

“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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