Zabaleta issues rallying cry

Pablo Zabaleta says Manchester City can use the disappointment of last weekend's surprise defeat by Southampton to try and recapture the spirit that saw them snatch last season's title from rivals Manchester United.

Last Updated: 17/02/13 at 13:11 Post Comment

Pablo Zabaleta: Says Manchester City will come back stronger after Southampton l

Pablo Zabaleta: Says Manchester City will come back stronger after Southampton l

The 3-1 loss at St Mary's dealt a huge blow to second-placed City's hopes of retaining their Premier League crown as United took advantage with a win over Everton to move 12 points clear.

Defender Zabaleta, 28, admits City were deflated by last Saturday's result but says he and his team-mates now have a much more positive mind-set that they can carry into Sunday's FA Cup fifth-round tie with Leeds and then the ongoing title race.

"We had a great session on Wednesday afternoon and the feeling among the lads is very positive," said Zabaleta, quoted on City's official website.

"Sometimes after a game like Southampton you need a few days to think about what went wrong and why, and then come back stronger and I believe that's what will happen.

"We will learn from this defeat and use the deflated feeling we had afterwards as an inspiration to maybe try and rediscover the sort of spirit we had last season.

"We need to stand together, battle and show what we are really capable of.

"We will aim to get back to winning ways at the weekend in the FA Cup and that is our immediate focus now."

The odds are now stacked against City in the title race after last Saturday's game, which Zabaleta believes was the team's worst performance for two years, but the Argentine still has hope they can force their way back into contention over the remaining 12 games.

"We know we gave probably our worst performance for two years or more last Saturday and it couldn't have come at a worse time because it was such a vital game in the title race, and United keep winning so the gap is even bigger than before," added Zabaleta.

"But you never know in football."

To find out more about live football on Sky Sports, Click here

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e made his power play to try and get Sheikhy to raise his wages or trade him to PSG. PSG were probably not interested and he is stuck with no cake and no vacation. @Jay_D> Surely you jest about FFP being real, right? All Platini is doing is making billionaries pay measly fines, so he and his cronies can get rich. If a fool can pay 50 mil for David Luiz, he will happily pay some fine to UEFA. FFP has failed as for it to succeed UEFA had to take it...

Synergy
Toure: I am staying with City

G

uess we can expect Toure's explanation of his behaviour around the same time Pete Townshend publishes his book then.

ceeps
Toure: I am staying with City

D

amn you Yaya, don't scare me like that! I only ate the icing. I didn't eat the soft and scrumptious middle - I will buy you another cake!

MCFC87
Toure: I am staying with City

Footer 365

Transfer News: Manchester United may need two more defenders, according to Lee Sharpe

Lee Sharpe says Manchester United may need to add another couple of defenders to their squad ahead of the new season

Transfer News: QPR want Watford striker Troy Deeney to replace Loic Remy

QPR are interested in Watford's Troy Deeney to replace Liverpool-bound striker Loic Remy, Sky sources understand.

Premier League: Manchester City winger Jesus Navas hungry for more trophies

Jesus Navas believes Manchester City have the quality to win the Premier League and Champions League this season.

Mail Box

Are Pre-Season Tours Really A Problem?

Are pre-season tours really a problem? Liverpool went to Australia last summer and it didn't prevent them from having a good season. Plus, thoughts on LvG and keepers...

It Isn't Easy Supporting Spurs, You Know

We have a long mail about the travails of supporting Spurs, plus Friday thoughts on Marko Marin, marketing, victory v beauty, travelling and vanishing sprays...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property