Joleon Lescott: Man City have experience to cope with pressure
Joleon Lescott believes Man City have the required experience to cope with the pressure of tense final day tie against QPR
Joleon Lescott believes Manchester City have the necessary experience to beat Queens Park Rangers and win their first Premier League title at the Etihad on Sunday.
City are in first place ahead of Manchester United on goal difference after successive victories over the Red Devils and Newcastle United.
And Lescott is confident City can cope with the pressure of a dramatic final day showdown with Mark Hughes’ side, with the Citizens needing to three points to cement their first top-flight title since 1968.
“I’ve heard a few things have been said about how we will approach the game and that we think all we have to do is turn up – but that’s complete nonsense,” Lescott told City’s website.
“Every team we play represents a different challenge and we will go out there with the right attitude and manner and try to get the job done.”
“We have a fantastic squad with the likes of David Silva, Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure who have all won major honours so it’s easy for them to focus for the big games and it comes naturally to them.
“For players like myself and Joe Hart for instance, we’ve not really won anything major apart from the FA Cup, but we’ll be equally focused on the task ahead.”
Roberto Mancini’s side looked to have squandered the opportunity to win the Premier League crown after draws against Stoke City and Sunderland before losing to Arsenal.
But a five-game winning streak has seen City move back to the Premier League summit – and Lescott has urged his team-mates to reproduce their recent form against QPR.
“It’s been a great few weeks with the five wins on the bounce and the way we’ve turned things around, but for us to start getting carried away now would be silly,” he added.
“It will be great to see Nedum Onuoha and Shaun Wright-Phillips and it will be an incredible atmosphere.
“We just need to do what we’ve been doing in the last few weeks, give it our all and I’m sure we’ll be fine.”