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Saturday, 5 July 2014

City welcome struggling Burton


Thompson calls for ruthless edge

Manchester City top scorer Lionel Messi will be looking to add to his 19 goals

Manchester City head back to the Etihad tonight looking to maintain the impressive form which has seen them come to within 4 points of top spot in division 3. Steve Thompson's men have lost just once in their previous ten matches and are currently the joint leading scorers across all 4 divisions along with Norwich City with an impressive 66 goals. Currently leading the scoring charts for City is Argentine international Lionel Messi who has bagged an impressive 19 league goals scoring in each of his last 6 league games the striker also boast an impressive 19 assist.

City welcome back defender Branislav Ivanovic after the Serbian served a 1 match suspension. Midfielder Axel Witsel has been rated 50/50 for the game. The Belgium international missed the midweek draw at Reading through injury and only returned to training on Friday.

Thompson spoke the the media ahead of the game.....

"We have 8 massive fixtures remaining and tomorrows game against Burton will be as tough as any. They are fighting for their lives down at the bottom end of the table and will be going all out for the win very much like ourselves. Our recent form has been very pleasing but we cannot lose our focus. We need to maintain our form right till the very end and hopefully that will be enough to see us promoted back to division 2. 

I have a full squad to pick from with only Axel Witsel a doubt but he has trained and could play some part in the game. I don't really envisage having to make any changes to the side, our recent form has been down to a consistent squad selection and everybody knowing their jobs. 

I have called on the boys to show our ruthless edge in games, all good teams do it and that is how you gain promotion and win trophies"


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