Man City’s Jesús Navas: Citizens are equals with Man United

Manchester City midfielder Jesús Navas insists the Citizens are equals with Manchester United ahead of Sunday's derby

Jesus Navas
Manuel Pellegrini signed Jesus Navas this summer

Jesús Navas believes Manchester City are equals with their rivals Manchester United ahead of Sunday’s derby.

The Citizens surrendered their Premier League crown to the Red Devils last season after a disappointing campaign which culminated in Roberto Mancini’s dismissal.

Manuel Pellegrini has succeeded the Italian in the City hot-seat, and the Eastlands outfit spent over £90m on six new players during the summer transfer window.

Despite losing two of their last three derbies at The Etihad, Navas is confident Pellegrini’s men have the quality to beat United on Sunday.

“There’s no inferiority complex here. It doesn’t matter what United have done in the past, as things stand today we feel we will go into the game as equals,” said Navas.

“Look around. We have a fantastic squad of players. We have got enough quality to win this derby and go on to win titles and cups this season.

“City are regarded as a big club, simply because of the quality of the players here. I realise how important derby matches are for the fans.

“It’s the same wherever you go. I suppose we have been mostly focused on the Champions League game this week. That was important.

“But we’ve got the win under our belt now so we can concentrate on the derby. It is too early in the season to start talking about it as being decisive in terms of the title.

“You can’t, though, get away from the fact that the results of games such as this have a big influence. The winners will come away full of confidence.

“It can be a springboard to better things, both for the players and the fans. A derby such as this, when the two teams are so close to each other, is like a six-pointer.”

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