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Jovetic correct on Manchester City’s title edge over Liverpool

| 08.04.2014

As Manchester City’s title shoot-out against Liverpool edges ever closer, Stevan Jovetic has chipped in with some choice words to try and get into the minds of the table-topping Reds.

With the pressure on both camps beginning to reach seam-busting quantities, it’s no surprise to see the war of words begin in earnest.

But unlike some spoutings from managers or players which becomes the norm in these situations (think Rafa Benitez), Jovetic may just have touched upon the crux of the matter.

“This squad has a lot of experience because we won the Premier League two years ago,” he said.

“We know how to play and keep the pressure down and I think Liverpool have more pressure – I think we are going to win.

“There is always someone who is going to score for us, but we also have the defence and midfield playing well. I think that gives us a small advantage,”

City travel to Anfield four points behind Liverpool, but crucially with two games in hand and partly for this reason they are deemed the 8/11 favourites with their next hosts available at 17/10 currently.

But looking at Jovetic’s argument it’s actually quite difficult to pick too many holes in it, despite Liverpool having embarked on an imperious nine-game winning streak.

Brendan Rodgers’s side may have oodles of exuberance to match their rivals, but not many more, aside from perhaps Kolo Toure who have been involved in the thick of title tussles in the past.

In terms of the balance of the team which Jovetic is highlighting, 11 fewer goals conceded by his team tend to back up that theory as well.

Although Martin Demechelis is a perceived weak link, Vincent Kompany and the rest of the City defence are arguably better man-for-man than all of Liverpool’s other options – though Glen
Johnson and Pablo Zableta is a tough one to call.

It’s still anyone’s guess how the match will go, but there is no substitute to experience in these situations.

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Christian Crowther

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