Lescott - Pressure on Reds
Joleon Lescott has cranked up the tension ahead of Sunday's crucial clash with top four rivals Liverpool.
Last Updated: 19/02/10 8:24am
Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott has cranked up the tension ahead of Sunday's crucial clash with top four rivals Liverpool at Eastlands.
City currently hold a slender advantage in the battle for the final UEFA Champions League spot as they lead the Reds by one point with a game in hand.
Tottenham and Aston Villa are also firmly in the race as the Premier League season enters what promises to be a thrilling home stretch.
Reds boss Rafa Benitez has 'guaranteed' that his troops will finish in the top four, while City boss Roberto Mancini has set himself a similar target.
The ambitious Eastlands outfit climbed back above their rivals with Tuesday's scrappy and somewhat fortunate 1-1 draw at 10-man Stoke.
Despite the manner of their victory, centre-back Lescott believes that going into Sunday's match in the ascendancy will give them an important edge.
Lescott said: "It's huge for us that we're going into that game above them now thanks to the result at Stoke.
"We still believe we can get into the Champions League - and I believe that all the pressure is now on Liverpool."