London: Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott believes cross city rivals Manchester United are their major threat, not Tottenham Hotspur for the Premier League title.
City would face Spurs at the Etihad Stadium during the weekend in clash that could affect Spurs title charge in a big way.
If Spurs win this encounter, then they would leapfrog Manchester United as the second-placed team in the league table, but if United avoids a defeat at the Emirates against Arsenal during weekend, then they will remain in second position.
But Lescott has already written off Spurs chances of winning the league this season, and feels even his City teammates consider United the main threat.
“Beating Tottenham on Sunday would open up a big gap between them and us. But no disrespect to Spurs, we see Manchester United as our main rivals, because they`re second in the league,” a leading daily quoted Lescott, as saying.
“We need to focus on the next team behind us, and at this moment, that`s United. As much as the points are vital to create a gap between us and Spurs, it`s more important to pull away from Man United.” Lescott brushed off claims of City crumbling under pressure, which gives United an edge because of their previous experiences in the title race.
City grinded out a hard fought 1-0 win over Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium on Monday after two straight home defeats at the hands of Man United and Liverpool.
“It`s been funny to listen to and watch. It was crazy. None of the boys even thought about us cracking up, or that something was going wrong.” “All of a sudden it`s being said in papers, or on TV, that things are going wrong. We were like ``wow, we must have arrived if people want us to fail``. Obviously, you don`t win every game.”
“People have been saying ``they`re cracking, they`re feeling the pressure, they`re not going to win the league. We were thinking `hold on a minute, we`ve only lost two cup games`,” added Lescott.