OLE: A TERRIFIC OPPORTUNITY
City manager speaks ahead of Reds tieCardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær said his side has nothing to lose as they go in search of some important Barclays Premier League points against Liverpool at Cardiff City Stadium this weekend.
After a strong showing on Merseyside against Everton last week just failed to bring the points it deserved for the Bluebirds, Ole insisted that his players were ready to go one better on Saturday.
“It was similar to the Tottenham game, to be fair,” Ole reflected on last week at Goodison Park. “We put in a good performance and we felt like we should have had something from the game.
“I was proud of the way we played, and the way we came back into it after they had scored. Now we start again with Liverpool, and it’s a terrific opportunity to get something, when 99.9% of the world don’t think we will.
“We’ll use our performances over the last few weeks as the stepping stones to get the results that we need – I don’t want to be saying after the game that we were unlucky not to get a point.”
The game will see two sides from opposite ends of the table meet at Cardiff City Stadium, as the Reds continue their push for the Barclays Premier League title after last weekend’s thumping 3-0 triumph at Old Trafford over Manchester United.
“We have a different agenda to Liverpool,” Ole said. “We want to get out of the bottom three, and playing against them we have nothing to lose. We’re at home, where we’ve done it against Manchester City and drawn against United, so there’s a chance to get points here as well.”
However, Cardiff’s backline will have to be on top form against one of the most potent strike combinations in recent times, as Ole is all too aware.
“Liverpool may be one of the best counter-attacking teams in Europe at the moment,” he said. “Declan John has come on so much in the last year – he’s in the Barclays Premier League, playing against the best players in the world, so what an opportunity it will be for him on Saturday.
“He’s been terrific all-season, and he’s going to be a top, top full-back. For me, our goalkeeper is amongst the top three or four in the division, while Ben Turner has been back in training this week so we’ll see if he’s ready.”
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