By Micah Richards | In General
Everybody at City is starting to get excited about our chances in the Uefa Cup, but first we have to return our focus to the league ahead of the match with Chelsea.
This season has been very up and down for us as we’ve been good at home at times but not as good away. I think over the last month or so, though, we have showed we are starting to gel as a team and are picking up points, and hopefully we can go on and finish in the top eight in the Premier League.
We’re already out of both domestic cups so they’re out of the question, but we are still in with a chance of winning the Uefa cup. AC Milan, Valencia and Aston Villa are just a few of the big teams that in my eyes could have won the trophy, but have been knocked out, so we’re gaining in confidence with each match.
The first leg against Aalborg went to plan, especially keeping a clean sheet which is so important. The return leg in Denmark certainly won’t be easy, however, as they’re still a strong side and looked impressive at home in the Champions League.
Everyone around the club seems to be quietly confident we can go all the way in the competition, and after our last few performance I don’t see why we can’t go on and win it. The fans deserve it to be honest. It’s been a rollercoaster of a season and that would be a definite high point to reward them for their brilliant support, even when we’ve not been playing well.
On a personal level I really want to start winning trophies and think I’m at the right club and under the right management to do so. Of course Rome wasn’t built in a day and things don’t happen over night, but we’re building something special here and, given time and patience, I think we’ll start winning some silverware.
It’s a big fortnight for us and by the looks of things we will be welcoming back Benjani, Michael Johnson, Daniel ‘Studge’ Sturridge and maybe Craig Bellamy so they will all be major boosts. The team seems to be getting stronger, but Chelsea have also looked on top of their game under Guus Hiddink so we will have to play well across all positions.
I’m looking forward to the match as I love the big occasions. We’re not the favourites so the pressure will be on them to win the three points, particularly as they know that if they lose their slim chance of winning the title will become impossible. Against a top side like Chelsea, however, you have to pay close attention to their key men such as Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard, and both seem to be hitting form.
Thanks to all of you that sent in your predictions for the remainder of the season. It seems like most of you think we can keep our place in the top-eight, and you’re also feeling confident about the Uefa Cup too, and we’ll ensure we do our best to bring some success home for you.