Well you aren’t going to win the Premier League, when you trail Manchester United by eight points, and they have a game in hand if you don’t, are you Aleksandar?
Manchester City full-back Aleksandar Kolarov says that his side must beat West Bromwich Albion in their Premier League clash at Eastlands this weekend if they are to stay in the title race.
“We have to win this game if we want to do good things in the championship” said the Serbian defender, a £17m acquisition from Lazio before the season’s beginning..
“The next game after West Brom is the derby [on 12 February] and we will see then our power.
“I hope for victory against West Brom and then we can do our best at Old Trafford.”
If I’m being perfectly honest though, they aren’t going to make up the points deficit already. United aren’t going to drop the points necessary for City to catch them, because, as with their 2-2 draw at St Andrews on Tuesday evening, City will throw away more points themselves.
They’ve lost stupid matches this season (Wolves away, when they let slip an advantage, immediately springs to mind), and drawn against opponents they should beat (Birmingham City home and away).
Furthermore, the new strike-force of Carlos Tevez and Edin Dzeko looks like it needs time to gel, the defence has recently looked a lot less resolute than it previously had done, Nigel De Jong looks scared to tackle since breaking Hatem Ben-Arfa’s leg earlier in the season, and the team lacks genuine width and pace down the flanks in the final third now that Adam Johnson is injured.
So whilst a Champions League spot looks highly probable, and that will be a good achievement for Roberto Mancini in his first full season, a title charge just doesn’t.
Even moreso, if you don’t beat West Brom Mr. Kolarov.