FÁBIO: IT'S A MASSIVE GAME
City full-back calls for big result against the BaggiesFull-back Fábio da Silva has spoken of his desire to help keep the Bluebirds in the Barclays Premier League, starting with a big result against rivals West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
Just three points behind their weekend opponents, a second Premier League away victory of the season would come as a timely boost for the Bluebirds, with points for a final push for survival now the key aim for Ole Gunnar Solskjær and his squad.
And against a Baggies side that are yet to win at home under new boss Pepe Mel, it’s a chance not lost on the Brazilian full-back who said: “They’re in a similar situation to us and we need to win this game to close the gap on them. It’s a massive, massive game.
“Everyone needs to stick together and give their all to win the game. It doesn’t matter what is said, the result and points are all that matters on the day. We have to start now against West Brom, it would be a massive result.
“We’ve got some big players here and have the experience and are able to cope with big games like this. To be in this situation is not easy but we have some great characters here. We take what positives we can from our last performances and take them into this weekend. I’m sure everyone here will look forward to the game.”
The Brazilian defender has impressed in recent weeks on City’s right flank, proving to be a versatile wing-back and right midfielder at times to suit the tactics of the manager. The 23-year old admitted that he now feels to be reaching his true capabilities after a spell away from first-team action with previous club Manchester United.
“I hadn’t played much at all so conditionally I was struggling in my first few games but I feel like I’m reaching my top level now,” said the 23-year old.
“I want to play football, I want to play every game. I don’t feel I have to prove anything to anyone, just for myself and my family. I learn every game.
“Against Everton it was tough because they scored in the last minute which was frustrating and against Liverpool they are a very good side and it was a difficult game.
“I had a similar situation at QPR last season and learned a lot from that, hopefully it can help in the final few games here. I train everyday with these guys and you can see that the quality is there. If you work hard and continue to play well then I’m sure that results can turn and points will come.”
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